Well folks, Ontario is officially moving forward on its vaccine passport plans. The province has announced the new “enhanced COVID-19 vaccine certificate system,” which will go into effect on Wednesday, September 22nd. It will require you to show proof of vaccination to access many indoor non-essential settings where the risk of transmission is higher and masks can’t always be worn.
Residents must be fully vaccinated with both COVID-19 vaccine doses to be granted entry into these spaces, plus an additional 14 days for it to take effect. Proof must be shown at the entrance of these establishments along with a photo ID. An enhanced certificate will be introduced on October 22nd, with a unique QR code much like Quebec’s, which launched today.
“I wasn’t in favour of this,” Ford said during the announcement. “This is something I did not want to do […] and I know this is going to be very difficult for some people.” He said that this system will be used as a “temporary tool” to allow Ontario businesses to stay open amid the Delta variant. “We won’t have to use it for a day longer than we have to.”
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— Doug Ford (@fordnation) September 1, 2021
Bylaw enforcement will be tasked with ensuring that the protocols are followed, but Ford says he’s relying on individuals and businesses to “do the right thing.”
Here’s a list of businesses and facilities where you’ll be required to show proof of vaccination as of September 22nd.
- Indoor dining at restaurants and bars (excluding patios and takeout)
- Both indoor and outdoor areas of nightclubs
- Meeting and event spaces
- Gyms and fitness facilities (excluding youth sports)
- Sporting events
- Movie theatres
- Casinos and bingo halls
- Concerts and festivals
- Strip clubs
- Racing venues
Those with legitimate medical conditions and children under 12 who aren’t yet eligible for the vaccine will be exempt. Officials emphasized that Ontarians who aren’t vaccinated will never be denied access to medical care, groceries, and medical supplies.