Churches in Manitoba Court of Appeal to challenge COVID-19 rules

Seven Manitoba churches are in court Tuesday appealing a ruling that upheld COVID-19 restrictions on religious services.

The churches say public health orders in 2020 and 2021 that temporarily closed in-person religious services, then permitted them with caps on attendance, violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

A Court of Queen’s Bench justice rejected that argument and said the restrictions were necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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The churches’ lawyer told the Court of Appeal Tuesday the trial judge erred in not fully examining whether less restrictive rules could have achieved the same goal.

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Eugene Meehan told the court many retail stores and other businesses were allowed to open while churches were closed.

The Manitoba government lifted all COVID-19 public health orders in March of this year.

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