The issue isn’t as simple as should places of worship be considered essential. Of course they are essential; but it is not “essential” to gather in them physically in groups of unrestricted size and allowed to do so with or without masks and then move freely among others, who’ve not made that choice, and potentially spread the virus. A lot of places of worship are continuing their worship services through streaming. If it deemed so “essential” perhaps the government can provide streaming capabilities to any place of worship that has not been able to afford streaming. Reasonable people can figure out ways to work with these challenges and keep the larger community safe. Quit making everything a political football.