Church Gathering Shut Down For Second Day In a Row

Monday December 28th, 2020

Posted at 10:25am

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Old Colony Mennonite Church in Wheatley. (Google Streetview)

A Wheatley Church was shut down for the second day in a row.

Chatham-Kent Police say that shortly after 11:00 am Sunday, they once again responded to the report of a large gathering at the Old Colony Mennonite Church in Wheatley.

Upon police arrival, officers observed over 100 unmasked people inside the church.

The current regulations for religious services only allows for ten people indoors. The Municipal By-law also states that masks are required during worship.

A member of the church, a 43-year-old Merlin man, took responsibility for the gathering and was charged with failing to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order, contrary to section 10(1)(a) of the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020. He will be required to attend court on a later date.

Everyone complied with the officers’ requests to end the church service early and leave the property.

On Saturday, police responded to the church for the same reason. A member of the church, a 50-year-old Merlin man, took responsibility for that gathering and was charged with failing to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order, contrary to section 10(1)(a) of the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.

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