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Mounties in Chilliwack investigating churches defying in-person COVID-19 regulations

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Dec 7, 2020 at 7:54 am PDT

Richmond RCMP. (Courtesy Richmond RCMP, Twitter)

CHILLIWACK (NEWS 1130) — Churches in Chilliwack are once again defying a ban on in-person religious gatherings this weekend, but this time Mounties may drop the hammer.

Upper Fraser Valley RCMP tell NEWS 1130 Mounties are investigating a number of churches for hosting in-person services Sunday.

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Cpl. Mike Rail says at this point, they’re not willing to say which — or how many — churches are being investigated.

“At the conclusion of a thorough investigation Chilliwack RCMP in consultation with the BC Prosecution Service will determine the next course of action,” Rail adds.

For the previous two Sundays, Chilliwack RCMP refused to hand out COVID enforcement tickets, choosing instead to take an educational approach.

A church in Langley was hit with a $2,300 fine for refusing to stop an in-person service that police discovered was taking place last Sunday.