POLICES shut down a Good Friday church service and threatened the parish with fines.
2 officers were recorded striding up to the lectern yesterday to tell worshippers to go house.
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They stated there were a lot of people in Christ the King Church, which serves a Polish churchgoers, in Balham, South London, at 6pm the other day.
Officers stated not all worshippers weren’t wearing masks or correctly social distancing inside the location.
One police officer stated: “At this moment in time you need to go house.
” Failure to adhere to this instructions to leave and go to your home address, eventually might lead you to be fined ₤ 200 or, if you fail to offer your information, to you being apprehended.
” It’s Good Friday and I value you want to praise, but it is illegal.”
The church hit back, stating they think the service was lawful and followed the current Covid guidelines.
A representative stated: “We believe, however, that the police completely surpassed their powers by releasing their warrant for no great reason, as all federal government requirements were satisfied.
” We believe local police officials have actually been misguided about the current place of praise guidelines, declaring that the factor for their intervention is the continued ban on public event in places of worship in London due to the lockdown on 4 January 2021.
” We are sorry for that the rights of the faithful have actually been wronged on such a crucial day for every single believer which our praise has been profaned.”
‘ GO HOUSE’
Current guidelines do enable worship in churches to proceed, with appropriate security reviews ahead of occasions and social distancing in location.
The Federal government says services should be short, with people keeping 2 metres apart and using masks – avoiding mingling with other families.
As a video of the minute was shared today, Wandsworth Police tweeted: “At around 1700hrs on Friday, April 2, officers were called to a report of crowds of individuals queueing outside a church in Balham High Road.
” Officers participated in and found a great deal of people inside the church. Some individuals were not using masks and those present were clearly not socially distanced.
” We are especially worried about the risk of transmission of the Covid-19 virus as an outcome of large indoor gatherings at which individuals are not socially distanced and some are not using masks.
” As such, officers decided that it was not safe for that specific service to continue.
” Understanding the sensitivity of the situation, officers engaged with the priest outside the church and were invited inside to deal with the churchgoers. No fixed penalty notifications were issued.
” This was one of a series of many events happening at the church over the Easter duration. We are engaging with church authorities today and will continue to do so in the coming days.”
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In October officers in Wales stormed a church service and ordered worshippers out.
It was amidst the firebreak lockdown, where going to church wasn’t enabled.
One officer was shot informing church-goers they ought to worship at home for the next 17 days until the firebreak “blows over”.