Churchgoers were urged not to engage in any abusive behavior toward the police.

As of Friday, there were 15,632 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, including 266 deaths and 6,487 recoveries.

Hildebrandt told The Epoch Times, “This principle is not just about in-person services — this is a wholesale attack on faith and the freedom of the church to do its God-called duty.”

He also complained that fundamental freedoms were being eroded “at a historically alarming rate.”

Churches in the United States have also been fighting legal battles to exercise their rights and freedoms to worship.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Catholic diocese and an Orthodox Jewish group last week, temporarily blocking New York’s COVID-19 restrictions on houses of worship.

“Members of this Court are not public health experts, and we should respect the judgment of those with special expertise and responsibility in this area. But even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten,” the high court said in its 5-4 ruling Wednesday. “The restrictions at issue here, by effectively barring many from attending religious services, strike at the very heart of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty.”

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