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.
Churches in Chilliwack continue to defy a provincial health order banning in-person religious gatherings. Chilliwack RCMP say they're investigating "in-person congregation services conducted" today. Last weekend, detachment said it was taking an educational approach. @NEWS1130
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Upper Fraser Valley RCMP tell NEWS 1130 Mounties are investigating a number of churches for hosting in-person services Sunday.
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.