Police in Sydney, Australia, broke up a church gathering and handed out the equivalent of more than $25,000 USD in fines to congregants for violating the city’s COVID-19 lockdown on Sunday.
An anonymous tipster reported the illegal service to New South Wales police, who found 60 people worshipping at Christ Embassy church in Blacktown at 7:30 p.m. local time, according to 9News Sydney.
The police arrived a few hours before a 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew went into effect for this area, which is designated as a high-risk local government area.
A tip to Crime Stoppers has blown the lid on a church service at #Blacktown, attended by 60 adults and children.
— 9News Sydney (@9News Sydney)1629707218.0
The church service was being livestreamed on social media before police put a stop to it. The 9News report notes that the musicians leading worship were performing without masks.
The church’s pastor, Marvin Osaghae, earlier that day delivered a sermon praying…