Trinity Bible Chapel parking lot busy again Sunday

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WOOLWICH TOWNSHIP — Dozens of cars were in the parking lot at Trinity Bible Chapel for both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services Sunday.

Under the current provincial shut down regulations, religious services are allowed to operate at 15 per cent capacity.

“The church has a capacity for 575 people. Under the provincial regulations, the capacity for the church would be 86,” said Regional Chair Karen Redman to the Record previously.

People attending religious services must follow public health guidelines on social distancing.

On April 3, the Ontario government implemented another provincewide shutdown as an “emergency brake” measure.

Trinity Bible Chapel held an indoor service last week on April 4.

Regional bylaw observed approximately 300 people attending at that service, said Redman.

One charge was issued to the pastor and another to the church organization after that service. Both charges were related to organizing a large gathering, said bylaw.

As of April 9, Trinity Bible Chapel, located on Lobsinger Line in Woolwich Township, had 26 charges still before the courts in connection with allegedly violating COVID-19 restrictions, according to regional bylaw.

Leah Gerber, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Waterloo Region Record