With Ontario’s vaccine certificate policy taking effect across the province on Wednesday, Premier Doug Ford says he understands some people have concerns about privacy and civil liberties, but measures are needed to prevent another lockdown Is.
Effective September 22, Ontarians are required to provide their paper proof-of-stake for people entering indoor businesses considered by health authorities to be at high risk for transmission of COVID-19, including bars, restaurants, gyms, theatres, banquet halls and sports. Vaccination receipt must be shown. Location A digital QR code version and a smartphone app aren’t going to launch for another month. Businesses have raised concerns about the potential for fraud and the burden the new system will put on their employees.
Ontario issues guidelines for implementing COVID-19 vaccine passport
The province’s Progressive Conservative premier, who reluctantly changed his position on vaccine passports only last month as the fourth wave of COVID-19 intensified, issued a statement on Tuesday calling for unity in the wake of the federal election.
Mr Ford, who made some public appearances during the campaign, said the federal race has, for many, been “extremely difficult and divisive” and that sentiments “have run high as candidates from all parties have submitted vaccine certificates.” including pandemic policies is debated.”
The premier then addressed those opposing the vaccine certificates, arguing that they were needed but that it would be a temporary measure.
“There are many people who are concerned about this policy and I want you to know that I hear you,” the premier’s message read. “I understand your concerns about protecting your civil liberties and your right to privacy. While many fully vaccinated people share these concerns, the biggest concern is the reopening or abruption in cases like Alberta or Saskatchewan. To experience growth.”
Some Ontario businesses have warned that the initial, paper-based phase of Ontario’s vaccine-certificate program is going to cause confusion and conflict because servers will need to examine broken documents pulled from customers’ wallets that may have been forged can.
“When you’re sitting a lot of people and you have a busy space, the last thing you want is people waiting at the bank,” said Toronto president Eric Joyal. Askari Hospitality Group, which owns three Toronto restaurants, and the founder of Save Hospitality, an industry advocacy group.
Meanwhile, a race is on as Ontario develops and tests a new system that will create vaccine certificates with scannable QR codes, along with a smartphone app for businesses to verify them when customers show up at the door. . The digital system is due to launch on October 22, but people in Ontario will still be allowed to use their paper receipts if they wish.
The government says it is developing the app in-house. It is using the Smart Health Card standard, an open source system for generating QR codes, developed by Boston Children’s Hospital. The same standard is being used for the vaccine passport systems already in place in British Columbia and Quebec.
Some businesses in Ontario say the new system should be integrated with existing apps that many restaurants and other businesses already use to collect contact-tracing information of customers, allowing a one-click system. Meets. But the government has not indicated whether it is considering this approach.
Tony Aleinis, president and chief executive officer of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association, said the response he received from executives when he raised the idea last week was that it could be difficult due to privacy and data concerns.
“What the industry is looking for is a one-stop shop,” said Mr. Alenes.
Recreation facilities have been the hardest hit by the lockdown in Ontario. Steven Brown, owner of Hub Climbing, which operates two rock-climbing gyms in Mississauga and Markham, said he worries he may lose some of his younger clients, as vaccination rates are among the lowest in that demographic.
He is preparing to take a financial hit to turn some customers away. But “if it means no further lockdown, we welcome it,” Mr Brown said.
With a report by Chris Hanneau
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