Alberta Well being Companies issued a closure order to Calgary’s Fairview Baptist Church on Monday, saying it was in violation of COVID-19 restrictions.
The well being authority issued the order in the future after the church’s pastor, Tim Stephens, was arrested for organizing providers that allegedly didn’t adjust to public well being orders — together with masking, bodily distancing and attendance limits. Stephens was released from custody on Monday.
The order mentioned between 100 and 150 individuals had been seen leaving the church, positioned at 230 78 Ave. S.E., on the finish of mass on Sunday.
“The pastor and church attendees had been noticed unmasked as they had been leaving the church,” AHS added.
“The church attendees weren’t sustaining not less than two metres bodily distance from different households when exiting the constructing.”
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Police said Sunday that final weekend, Stephens was proactively served a replica of the Courtroom of Queen’s Bench order obtained by AHS, which he acknowledged however didn’t observe.
On Monday, AHS ordered the church to shut to the general public instantly and the proprietor to successfully exhibit to an government officer that they “are prepared and capable of adjust to all related and energetic” restrictions.
Till that work is accomplished, the church will stay closed, AHS mentioned.
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