Ontarians now required to show proof of vaccination to access certain venues

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Ontario’s new COVID-19 vaccine certification system goes into effect Wednesday.

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Patrons at dine-in restaurants, nightclubs, gyms, sports facilities and other venues must present a receipt of full vaccination with government identification.

Doctors’ notes will also be accepted for medical exemption.

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Businesses that do not comply with the system’s required checks and custodians providing false information may be fined.

Premier Doug Ford has said he understands that some people are concerned that their civil liberties are being violated.

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But he says the biggest worry is the sudden increase in infections and the reopening of the province.

The province’s top public health doctor has called on Ontario people to be “kind and considerate” when the system is in effect.

Dr. Kieran Moore has also said that he believes the system will lead to an increase in vaccination, especially among people aged 20 to 39, as that group often visits places covered by the system. Is.

Fines are possible for businesses that do not comply with the checks required by the system, and patrons who provide false information. But businesses, subpoenas, police forces and the province say enforcement will soften at first.

Businesses have said they feel ready to implement the system but are unsure how patrons will react to it.

James Rillett, Central Canada’s vice president of Restaurants Canada, said restaurants are “as prepared as possible” but are expecting “some loss of business” and clashes with some patrons.

Ryan Mallow, senior director for Ontario affairs at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said businesses have a “decent understanding” of what is needed, but “there is some stress and anxiety about what happens in an instant that doesn’t go smoothly.”

While locations will first have to check paper or digital vaccine receipts with identification, the province has said it aims to launch a QR code and verification app for businesses on October 22 to streamline the process.

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