More charges coming as Aylmer church continues to defy provincial rules

Located southeast of London, Ont., Church of God has been the site of numerous charges related to COVID-19 restrictions throughout the pandemic. via The Church of God at Aylmer/Facebook

Aylmer Police say charges are pending after yet another large gathering at the Church of God Restoration on Sunday.

Officers were at the church at 751 John St. on Sunday and say they counted more than 283 people attending a large gathering at the church. Police say an outdoor stage and seating area was set up for the service.

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In an update shared on Thursday, police said they’ve laid charges against the church and two men.

The church faces one charge related to defying COVID-19 restrictions, while an Aylmer man, 57, and a Stirling man, 36, face one count each of a similar offence.

It’s the third consecutive Sunday the church has held a service since a judge ordered the doors locked at the church earlier this month.

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Police previously charged a 37-year-old man and a 57-year-old man in relation to a large gathering at the church last Sunday.

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