Alberta Church Shut Down, Fenced Off for Non-Compliance With COVID-19 Restrictions

An Alberta church has been shut down and fenced off for continuing to hold services in defiance of the province’s COVID-19 public health restrictions. On April 7, Alberta Health Services closed GraceLife Church and had police and security staff put up metal fencing around the building to prevent people from entering. The Edmonton church will remain closed until it “can demonstrate the ability to comply with Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health’s (CMOH) restrictions,” said AHS in a statement released the same day. AHS said there have been 105 complaints about the church since last July.  “With COVID-19 cases increasing and the more easily-transmitted and potentially more severe variants becoming dominant, there is urgent need to minimize spread to protect all Albertans.” GraceLife caught the attention of the Alberta government when it hosted more people than the 15 percent limit mandated for faith services in the province. In December …

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