Parishioners recalled the incident as "troubling" and "confronting."
A Catholic Mass in Perth, Australia, was disrupted when police officers stormed in to check if congregants were wearing masks. The authorities interrupted the liturgy after receiving tips about improper mask behavior in St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church, in Mount Hawthorn.
The city of Perth has very strict COVID-19 regulations, which require masks to be worn at all indoor public events. A photograph circulating among news outlets shows the officer in question standing in the nave to check the details of the parishioners.
Patrick Horneman, who took the photo, wrote in the caption:
“During a Catholic Mass in Perth tonight a policeman allowed himself in, strutting up the aisle demanding correct mask behavior and checking exemptions.”
According to The West Australian, police found five unmasked people in the pews and only one had proof of an exemption. After briefly speaking with the “offenders” the police reportedly left the church and the Mass continued. Still, the encounter was described by some parishioners as “troubling” and “confronting”.