COVID-19 News Today: Alberta pastor tests allegations of violation of public-health orders

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Supporters rallied outside a courtyard in Edmonton, with Pastor James Coats appealing his bail terms on March 4, 2021.

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The trial of the clergy of Alberta accused of not following public health orders meant prohibiting the spread of COVID-19.

Pastor James Coats of Gresliffe Church spent a month in jail for violating the bail condition of not keeping church services, with officials ignoring measures on capacity limits, physical disturbances and masking.

After being convicted, he was released on March 22 and fined $ 1,500.

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The pastor and the Edmonton area church still have one allegation of violating the Public Health Act of Alberta.

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Coates’ attorneys have said that they would argue that the provincial government should be held accountable for the COVID-19 rules, which say the attorneys violate the constitutional right to freedom of religion and peaceful assembly.

Alberta Health Services has stated that GraceLife and its clergy continue to hold services despite fees and numerous warnings.

The church was closed in early April and closed by health officials.

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