Jerry Falwell Jr defies calls for coronavirus closures and reopens Liberty University - 2020-03-24

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F345.png Jerry Falwell Jr defies calls for coronavirus closures and reopens Liberty University March 24, 2020, Kenya Evelyn, The Guardian

Up to 5,000 students will be allowed to return to Liberty University's campus after school officials confirmed the conservative Christian school based in Lynchburg, Virginia, will reopen this week.

Liberty's president, Jerry Falwell Jr, defied nationwide calls for mandatory school closures, inviting students to return amid a worsening coronavirus pandemic. Falwell is a major and vocal backer of Donald Trump and evangelicals are a core part of the president's support base.

Trump has in recent days appeared to balk at a growing US shutdown in the face of the virus and claimed the US would reopen soon – alarming many health professionals.

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{{cite news | first = Kenya | last = Evelyn | title = Jerry Falwell Jr defies calls for coronavirus closures and reopens Liberty University | url = https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/mar/24/liberty-university-reopens-despite-coronavirus-closure-calls-jerry-falwell-jr | work = The Guardian | date = March 24, 2020 | accessdate = March 26, 2020 }}