Winnipeg church to find out Saturday whether it can hold drive-in services

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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