Fairview Baptist Church in Calgary once again held an in-person worship gathering on Sunday, one week after being fined $1,200 for hosting another service.
Dozens of worshippers attended the service while police joined Alberta Health Services (AHS) officials outside beforehand. Leadership from the congregation spoke outside with health officials and police before the service began.
Pastor Tim Stephens told CTV News police and AHS inspectors went inside to "take measurements" but did not issue any more fines.
An AHS executive order claimed only two of approximately 75 attendees were wearing masks at a service there last week.
"At this time, faith services are permitted to operate under the current public health restrictions but are limited to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance, along with other safety measures," the AHS says in a statement. "As such, all businesses are required to respect and follow the orders of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, at all times. Businesses, including places of worship that don’t follow the orders are at risk of closure orders or fines."