Two Charges Laid Under Reopening Act At Leamington Churches

Tuesday December 29th, 2020

Posted at 3:01pm

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1300 block of Mersea Road 8 as seen on Google Streetview.

OPP in Leamington laid charges in two separate incidents where churches were holding services.

Police say that just after 9:00 am on December 27th, 2020, they responded to a complainant of ongoing church services in the 1300 block of Mersea Road 8 in which more than ten people were attending contrary to current restrictions.

Upon police arrival, officers observed several people inside the church, well above current limits, and requested that the service end.

A 29-year-old from Leamington 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 Act, 2020.

A short time later, another complaint was received, and police attended the 700 block of Mersea Road 8 in response to a large gathering. Police requested the service end.

A 46-year-old from Chatham-Kent, a representative of the church, was charged with failing to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order, contrary to section 10(1)(a) of the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020.

Both are scheduled to be in court in February.

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