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Leaders of some evangelical churches in the Finger Lakes got together on Sunday to talk about  the reopening of their churches during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pastors from churches in Ontario, Seneca and Wayne Counties gathered in Canandaigua for a news conference organized by Reid Robbins.

He is the Principal of East Palmyra Christian School, and he said that with all the discussion recently about religious gatherings, they wanted to talk about the relationship between politicians, pastors and the people.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office

Parts of New York state are gradually reopening, with western New York authorized on Monday to join five other regions of the state and begin the first of a four-phase process. The Capital Region will be allowed to begin reopening on Tuesday. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo also said Monday that churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship are not permitted to reopen, though, until phase 4 is reached. Religious leaders are asking the state for more guidance, and whether -- if they practiced safe social distancing -- they could open sooner than that.