Provincial health officer Bonnie Henry.
Pandemic ban on church gatherings was constitutional in balancing religious and health objectives, the court ruled.
by Jeremy Hainsworth
December 17, 2022
B.C.’s Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court’s decision, saying the province’s COVID-19 gathering and events restrictions were constitutionally valid.
“The ban on in-person gatherings for religious worship fell within a range of reasonable outcomes and proportionately balanced the appellants’ freedoms with the attainment of critically important public health objectives,” the decision said.
Most of the appellants were churches and their leaders: Alain Beaudoin, Brent Smith, John Koopmans, John Van Muyen, Riverside Calvary Chapel, Immanuel Covenant Reformed Church, and Free Reformed Church of Chilliwack brought the case.
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