Trinity Bible Chapel's doors are locked after allegedly breaking COVID-19 restrictions on a repeated basis.
A court order was granted to the Attorney General to lock the doors for one week, with the matter being revisited in court at the end of that period. The Attorney General originally asked for the doors to be locked until the end of the pandemic, according to the church's lawyer.
"The judge would only give them one week for now, and we will return to court next week to review the status and consider whether there are ways to keep other parts of the church available for the good works they do throughout the week," said lawyer Lisa Bildy. "It's very sad that our government chose to take a coercive approach to public health, ignoring all prior pandemic plans and public health principles. It has not balanced the harms that come from lockdowns - from the failure to treat other health conditions, from the mental strain, from abuse of self and others, from lost livelihoods and lost reasons for living. Our clients offer hope for people struggling with these harms, and have endured a great deal of abuse and punishment for sticking to their principles."
Last Sunday, Waterloo Regional Police were on-scene at the church, and gave nine tickets to churchgoers. Bylaw officials also issued one court summons to Trinity Bible Chapel and six to its elders. Fines will be determined by the courts.
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