“This year, we need to think about what is truly the most important thing. Is it the worship or the building?” Northam said at a press conference. “For me, God is wherever you are. You don’t have to sit in the church pew for God to hear your prayers.”He urged faith leaders to “lead the way” and “set an example” for their communities.“Worship with a mask on is still worship, worship outside or worship online is still worship,” Northam said.Northam conceded that he could not legally limit in-person worship ceremonies, noting that the recent Supreme Court decision against the state of New York prevented him from doing that.But he blamed churches for contributing to the spread of the virus, noting that some houses of worship were not social distancing or wearing masks.“I have heard reports. They don’t use distancing inside the church. They are not wearing masks. Quite frankly we know that a lot of the spread is coming from this,” he said.