Moosomin church expresses concerns over Covid-19 restrictions

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Guidelines for worship in Saskatchewan have limited the number of individuals who can attend a service through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each church has had to adapt and adhere to the new guidelines, which includes a maximum gathering size of 30 per cent of capacity, up to 150 people, while finding new ways to provide its services to its congregation.

The River of Life Church in Moosomin has raised concerns with the provincial government regarding the restrictions that have limited their congregations size and how they operate.

Pastor Al Lautamus with the River of Life Church expressed his concerns with the ongoing restrictions which have limited the number of attendees in his congregation.

“The biggest thing is that we can’t have a full church. People don’t like to wear masks so they don’t come. And some people are just terrified so they don’t come. They’ve been scared so bad that they think they’ll die tomorrow if they catch it.”

The church has not moved to any online platforms yet, electing to continue its in-person services.

“We have decided that we don’t want to go online. We’re distancing and wearing masks Our attendance is down because of it, but it’d have to be down anyway so what difference does it make. It doesn’t really matter, there are so many people who don’t want to wear the masks so they don’t come and we’ve only got about 30 people anyways.”

Much like the Hope Congregational Church in Rocanville, the River of Life Church has seen an increase in donations through the pandemic.

“Our donations actually went up last year by a considerable amount. Even though people didn’t come to church, they still sent their tithes and offerings.”

Lautamus expressed his displeasure with the Government of Saskatchewan’s choices, believing they are overstepping in their choices to mandate masks and social distancing, claiming that these measures are impacting the flow of new members in their church.

Spencer Kemp, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The World-Spectator