Pastor in Canada Jailed for Refusing to Comply With Coronavirus Public Health Restrictions During In-Person Services

Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church in Parkland County remains in police custody one day after his arrest on charges of contravening the Public Health Act and failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking. (Nathan Gross/CBC)

The pastor of an Edmonton-area church remains in police custody one day after his arrest on two counts of contravening the Public Health Act and on one criminal charge for failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking.

On Sunday, members of the RCMP and Alberta Health Service went to the GraceLife Church in Parkland County west of Edmonton to assess compliance in relation to conditions issued to Pastor James Coates earlier in the week, police said in a news release Wednesday.

Officers determined the church was again ignoring public health restrictions, which call for attendance to be capped at 15 per cent of capacity and congregants to practise physical distancing and wear masks.

Coates turned himself in Tuesday at the RCMP Parkland Detachment,  where he was charged and attended a bail hearing before a justice of the peace.

Coates was to be released but refused to agree to the conditions attached to his release.

He stayed in RCMP custody overnight and attended Stony Plain provincial court, where he continued to refuse to agree to the conditions.

A judge’s order was issued compelling Coates to attend court on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

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SOURCE: CBC News

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