WINNIPEG - Seven Manitoba churches have lost their court challenge of COVID-19 public health orders.
Chief Justice Glenn Joyal has ruled the orders do not violate charter rights and Dr. Brent Roussin can lawfully impose restrictions that protect people from coronavirus.
The churches argued their right to gather and worship was being violated but the ruling sided with the province's chief public health officer and his COVID rules.
The court agreed with government lawyers who said the orders were not unconstitutional and it was legal for the legislature to grant Roussin the authority to impose reasonable measures.
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