Province Outlines Proof Of Vaccination Process
The province has released details for residents and businesses on proof of vaccination.
The province has advised that as of September 22nd, Ontario will require patrons to verify and demonstrate that they’re fully vaccinated to be able to enter indoor restaurants, nightclubs (outdoor and indoor), movie theatres, gyms and concert venues.
Grocery stores, other retail and accessing medical care and or services are exempt.
The government advised that all Ontarians should download or print their vaccination receipt from the provincial booking portal.
Premier Doug Ford says that certain exemptions will be in place not requiringe an individual to provide proof of vaccination, including entering an indoor business to pay for an order or to make a retail purchase.
Anyone attending a wedding or funeral service are not mandated to show proof of vaccination as of Sept. 22, but that changes after October 12th, you will need to prove that you’re fully vaccinated.
Children under 12 are exempt from providing proof of vaccination.
Ontarians will need to provide proof of being fully vaccinated, starting Sept. 22, to access the following:
- Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout)
- Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment)
- Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres
- Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities except for youth recreational sport
- Sporting events
- Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
- Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas
- Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs
- Racing venues (e.g. horse racing)
Starting Sept. 22, Ontarians will need to show their vaccine receipt proving they have been double dosed, along with government identification. Government ID can include a birth certificate, citizenship card, driver’s license, Ontario health card, indigenous membership card, passport, or permanent residence card.
On Oct. 22, the province aims to launch a QR code and verification app for businesses to streamline the process. The government says it’s still targeting that date and confirmed it has a working prototype.
The Ford government says it’s up to businesses to ensure they properly meet requirements for proof of vaccination, adding that in the case of harassment, institutions are asked to contact local law enforcement.
Non-compliance by businesses and specific individuals can result in charges and fines under Ontario’s Reopening Act.