Another 28 fines dished out over illegal western Sydney church service

Police have handed out another 28 fines to people who attended an illegal church service in Blacktown, one of Western Sydney’s COVID-19 hotspots.

Officers attended the Christ Embassy church on Fourth Avenue around 7.30pm on Sunday after being tipped off about a gathering in breach of the Public Health Orders.

Upon arrival, they found around 60 adults and children inside the building, participating in a sermon.


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According to police, there was no QR code at the entry and those in attendance were from various other COVID-19 hotspot LGAs including Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield and Liverpool.

Thirty adults were fined $1000 each for fail to comply with noticed direction and the church was issued with a $5000 PIN.

Following further inquiries, police today issued 27 $500 fines to the same attendees for failure to comply with a direction to wear or carry a mask.

A prohibition order was also served on the pastor, which prevents the church from operating for a seven-day period.

He was also issued a $500 PIN as he was not wearing a mask while in a public place.

Inquiries continue.