Man facing charges after 100 people rally in Wheatley, Ontario, church: police – London


Police in Chatham-Kent, Ont., Said a man was facing charges after more than 100 people gathered at a church on Saturday morning.
Authorities said at around 11 a.m., police responded to a report of a large rally at Old Colony Mennonite Church in Wheatley.

Upon arrival, officers saw more than 100 people unmasked inside the church.

Current religious services regulations only allow 10 people inside after Ontario entered a provincial lockdown starting Saturday at 1:00 a.m.

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The city bylaw also states that masks are mandatory during worship.

Police say a church member, a 50-year-old Merlin, took responsibility for the rally and was charged with breaking an order under section 7.0.2, contrary to the section. 10 (1) (a) of the Reopening of the Ontario Act.

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He is scheduled to appear in court on January 27, 2021.

Police said everyone complied with officers’ requests to end church service early and vacate the property.

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