Three Chilliwack churches ticketed over $18K for breaking public health orders

Dec 18 2020, 1:50 pm

Mounties have issued fines to three separate Chilliwack churches for hosting in-person worship services in defiance of current COVID-19 public health orders.

The fines for the three churches total $18,400, according to a Chilliwack RCMP news release. Representatives from each of the congregations have also been charged for failing to comply with current rules forbidding gatherings.

The religious gatherings occurred on December 6 and 13, and charges were laid on December 17.

“As officers investigated the complaints police worked closely with Provincial, Regional Health officials, and the BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) in the education and enforcement of current COVID-19 health regulations to attain the compliance of the congregations,” Cpl. Mike Rail said in a release.

Police did not specify which churches were fined.

The current orders forbidding gatherings and in-person religious services are set to expire on January 8, 2021.