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Edmonton-area pastor charged with violating COVID-19 restrictions to make court appearance

Last Updated Feb 24, 2021 at 6:19 am MDT

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

STONY PLAIN – A pastor of an Edmonton-area church that has been allegedly holding Sunday services in violation of COVID-19 rules is to appear in court Wednesday.

James Coates with GraceLife Church in Spruce Grove was arrested last week.

RCMP have said he was remanded in custody after refusing to agree to bail conditions.

WATCH: GraceLife church continues to flout health restrictions

The church has been holding services that officials said break public health regulations on attendance, masking and distancing.

Police fined the church $1,200 in December and a closure order was issued in January.

Coates was twice charged in February with violating the Public Health Act and violating a promise to abide by rules of his release, which is a Criminal Code offence.