WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg church is to find out this weekend whether it will be able to hold drive-in services without being fined again for violating COVID-19 rules.
Springs Church was fined for holding services last weekend in which people were told to stay in their vehicles in the church’s parking lot while a pastor spoke on a stage.
The Manitoba government says the services violate a public health order that requires religious services to be online-only.
A government lawyer says the rule is temporary and is needed to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The church says the rule violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and that the drive-in services abide by the spirit of the rule by not allowing people to mingle.
A Court of Queen’s Bench judge is to rule Saturday on the church’s application for an interim order that would allow the services to run until a full hearing on the issue can be held.
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