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GraceLife church at full capacity for another Sunday service, RCMP on location

Last Updated Feb 21, 2021 at 3:26 pm MDT

A truck arrives at GraceLife church outside Edmonton. (CREDIT: CityNews Edmonton)

EDMONTON (CityNews) – A church just west of Edmonton that has been defying public-health guidelines held another packed service on Sunday.

The GraceLife church in Parkland County was at full fire code capacity and asked some people to stay outside and watch the sermon that was being livestreamed.

Fire code capacity is well above the 15 per cent capacity limit designated by public-health regulations.

 

RCMP was on location and says its investigation into the church is ongoing.

“Observations were made that the church held a service beyond the designated capacity,” read a brief Parkland RCMP statement.

In recent weeks, mass has been held without certain guidelines being enforced, including mask wearing and occupancy limits.

The church has been fined for non-compliance and been criticized by Premier Jason Kenney.

Meanwhile the pastor of GraceLife church, James Coates, remains in police custody after he refused to agree to bail conditions.