Canadian church fined for second time for violation of gatherings ban
A nondenominational church based in Canada has been fined for the second time after violating a public health order prohibiting large gatherings in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Riverside Calvary Church of Langley, British Columbia, was fined on Sunday because they held a large worship service, reportedly with attendants not wearing face masks.
Dena Fyfe, the Buhf Beauty Boutique owner, which is based in the same strip mall as Riverside, told the Langley Advance Times that she reported the worship service to authorities.
“My parking lot was overflowing,” said Fyfe regarding the impact of the gathering, adding that it was “just blatantly obvious” that the church was disregarding multiple public health guidelines.
In addition to Riverside, nearly twenty churches near Langley are believed to be openly violating the public health orders limiting worship gatherings, according to Coast Mountain News.
The service was live-streamed and Riverside Assistant Pastor Randy Dyck focused on biblical prophecy in the modern-day during his sermon.