Alberta pastor charged after Sunday church services violated COVID-19 rules

Alberta pastor charged after Sunday church services violated COVID-19 rules
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The pastor of an Edmonton-area church that had been holding Sunday services with as many as 300 people has been charged with violating COVID-19 health rules.

RCMP say James Coates of GraceLife Church is charged with violating one count of the Public Health Act and is to appear in Stony Plain provincial court on March 31.

The church, on Edmonton’s western edge, has been clashing with health authorities for two months over COVID-19 rules and had previously ignored an order to close down.

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Faith-based services are currently limited to 15 per cent of capacity and congregants must observe mask and distancing rules.

In the preceding two weeks, the church has held services with 290 and 300 congregants, with video of the services showing no…



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