A pastor in Melbourne’s southeast has been fined after holding a church service in defiance of the Stage 4 COVID lockdown guidelines.
Pastor Paul Furlong from the Christian Revival Church held the service in Narre Warren on Sunday with the attendees allegedly unmasked and not social distancing.
There have been about 50 individuals on the service and a number of had been seated at an adjoining cafe related with the spiritual group.
Police stated individuals dispersed with out incident when officers arrived.
“The place is the pandemic? It’s not about COVID. It’s about authorities management and eradicating our freedoms” Pastor Paul instructed 7NEWS on Sunday.
“Are we going to obey God? Or are we going to obey man?”
On Monday, he was issued a superb for breaching the instructions of the Chief Well being Officer.
“The investigation into the incident stays ongoing with inquiries being made in relation to attainable incitement offences,” an announcement learn.
“Those that attended the service is not going to be issued with an infringement discover, however many acquired warnings and are reminded to stick to the instructions of the Chief Well being Officer for the security of all Victorians.”
Dozens of individuals attended the service and police arrived because it got here to an finish.
“If we don’t do it, we disobey God. And that’s sin,” the pastor allegedly instructed officers.
Below the Stage 4 restrictions presently in place throughout the complete state, residents should put on a masks always outdoors of their dwelling and can solely exit for one of many 4 important causes.
These are for meals and provides, caregiving, important work and two-hours of train.
The 5km radius is again in place and gatherings should not allowed.