TORONTO – Ontario has issued further guidance for businesses a week before COVID-19 vaccines are mandated to enter certain non-essential establishments.
Starting September 22, proof of vaccination status will be required to eat indoors in restaurants and bars, enter gyms, movie theaters, sports venues or concerts, and use a large meeting and event space.
Ontario residents will need to either print or download their second dose receipt from the government website until the “advanced” certificate becomes available on October 22.
They can also use a receipt signed by an indigenous health provider or a receipt from “another jurisdiction.”
The new rules will not affect children under the age of 12 who are not yet eligible for the vaccine.
To enter the vaccine-mandated business, patrons must provide proof of their status and provide identification at the door.
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The employees are being asked to match the name and date of birth mentioned on the vaccination receipt with the information given in the ID. The receipt must be for the person’s second dose, and employees must verify that the administration date was at least 14 days prior.
Examples of identification documents that can be used to confirm vaccine status include birth certificates, citizenship cards, drivers licenses, government-issued identification cards including health cards, Indian status cards or indigenous membership cards, passports or permanent Huh. Resident Card.
A photo is not required.
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“Guardians seeking admission are solely responsible for demonstrating that they are legitimate holders of the receipt,” officials warned in a presentation on Tuesday.
Non-compliance by individuals or businesses can result in fines Ontario reopening act.
The province said it has decided to take a “measured approach” to implementing the vaccine mandate, adding that they hope to balance the risk to public safety and businesses. Officials will start with education and warnings to ensure the business is following proper protocol.
The government has also said that law enforcement should be contacted in the event of harassment or threats of violence.
Speaking on background Tuesday morning, officials said the province has a working prototype of an app using which businesses will be able to scan a QR code that proves patrons’ vaccination status.
Vaccine certificate exemption
The government also released a more comprehensive list of exemptions for the Vaccine Certificate Program.
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Proof of vaccination will not be required if a person is paying only for an order or is using the washroom of an indoor establishment where vaccination is mandatory.
While those who want to be an indoor spectator at a horse racing track will need to be fully vaccinated, individuals do not need two doses to achieve or take their winnings.
Customers also won’t need to be fully vaccinated to make retail purchases.
While indoor sports spectators are required to provide proof of vaccination, those who “actively participate in an organized sport” do not.
The province is also making a distinction between attending a wedding or funeral ceremony, in which proof of vaccination is not required, and a related social gathering, where guests must be fully vaccinated.
The regular exemption also applies for people who have a written notification from a health practitioner stating that they have a medical reason for not getting the shot.
Ontario in the ‘last mile’ of vaccine rollout
Officials said Ontario is now in the “last mile” of its vaccine rollout. To reach the coveted 90 percent coverage rate – which doctors have called necessary to stop the spread of the delta variant – 1.5 million people would need to be fully vaccinated.
As of Tuesday, 84.5 percent of eligible Ontarians ages 12 and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19, while about 78.2 percent are considered to have been fully vaccinated with two shots. .
The province has said that their “last mile” strategy is to target populations with low vaccination rates. This includes more than 550 school-based clinics that are “planned or operational” and use the GO-VAXX bus, traveling to community centers, sporting events, malls, fairs, markets and post-secondary institutions.
Ontario’s two COVID-19 phone lines—one to book a vaccine and one to ask questions about the shot—are also merging.
The new Provincial Vaccine Contact Center (1-833-943-3600) will be operational seven days a week between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
A new service is also being launched in the coming weeks in partnership with Hospital for Sick Kids that provides sub-placement counseling for youth and their families.