Six Ontario Church Elders Charged With Violating Gathering Restrictions, Fined $10,000 After Holding In-Person Services

The church says six elders were charged under the Reopening Ontario Act. (Trinity Bible Chapel Website)

Several members of Trinity Bible Chapel were charged last Wednesday for breaching province-wide shutdown restrictions, according to Waterloo Region Police, in consultation with Region of Waterloo Public Health.

Police said officers responded to a church gathering at 1373 Lobsinger Line in Waterloo on Sunday, Dec. 27, and observed a congregation that exceeded the number of permitted people in attendance.

During the lockdown, congregations are limited to 10 people indoors and 10 people outdoors.

Police charged the members under the Reopening Ontario Act for exceeding gathering limitations.

Meanwhile, the church continues to congregate in person with two services on Sunday. The church said it will gather at 30 per cent building occupancy “in accordance with provincial requirements,” as stated online.

It said pre-registration is not required and members are encouraged to self-screen.

Church responds to charges

The church detailed circumstances around the charges in an online release published on New Year’s Eve.

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: CBC News

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