In recent weeks, governments across Canada have cracked down on a number of churches who have attempted to hold in-person services. The government claims this is being done to prevent the spread of the coronavirus despite the fact that all safety protocols are being followed.
However, under Canada’s Criminal Code — it’s actually illegal to obstruct or prevent a religious service. In addition, under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadians have the right to freedom of conscience and religion.
Sam Eskenasi wonders if the government should make religious services an essential service.