British Columbia Health Official Seeks Court Injunction Against Three Churches Holding In-Person Services Despite Ban

B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is seeking an injunction to stop the leaders of three Fraser Valley churches from continuing to defy her orders suspending in-person religious services due to COVID-19. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

B.C.’s provincial health officer is seeking an injunction prohibiting gatherings by three Christian churches that are challenging her orders suspending in-person religious services.

Lawyers for Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C.’s attorney general will be in B.C. Supreme Court on Friday seeking orders against the leaders of Langley’s Riverside Calvary Chapel, Abbotsford’s Immanuel Covenant Reformed Church and the Free Reformed Church of Chilliwack.

The province filed an application for the injunction last week along with a response to a petition by the churches and a handful of others who want to overturn Henry’s orders.

According to the court documents, the province is seeking an order that would prevent elders and members from gathering to worship in their churches and from organizing celebrations, ceremonies, baptisms, funerals or any other “event” as defined by Henry’s orders.

The order would also authorize police to detain anyone they have grounds to believe is planning to attend a religious service organized by any of the three churches.

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SOURCE: CBC, Jason Proctor

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