Woodstock, Ont., woman charged under Reopening Ontario Act for church service

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WOODSTOCK, Ont. — Police say they've charged a 48-year-old woman after a church gathering that violated COVID-19 rules in Woodstock, Ont., on Sunday.

She's being charged under Ontario's Reopening Act for organizing an event that exceeded the number of permitted people.

All of Ontario moved into lockdown on Saturday to try and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Under those provincial restrictions, religious services are limited to 10 or fewer people both indoors and outdoors.

Police say that well over 10 people were inside the place of worship on Sunday, with many not physically distancing or wearing masks.

Other Ontarians are facing similar charges from over the weekend.

Chatham-Kent police say they charged a 50-year-old Merlin, Ont., man following a church service in Wheatley, Ont., on Sunday

Police also charged a 37-year-old man from Malahide, Ont., following a church service in Aylmer, Ont. He is also facing charges for obstructing a peace officer and intimidation of an officer.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 29, 2020.

The Canadian Press