If it feels like it was just last week the Ford government was saying there were no plans for a vaccine passport, it was. This morning, however, Ford announced there in fact WILL be vaccine passports in Ontario *cue the angry protestors* *also cue Dan Levy to come to our rescue by fighting the protestors*. Feeling a little confused or overwhelmed about more protocols? Don’t fret. We’ve summarized everything you need to know.
The Vaccine Passport
As the world continues its fight against the Delta variant, our government will always do what’s necessary to keep people safe, protect our hospitals & minimize disruptions to businesses. We can’t wait any longer. In the absence of a federal system, our government is stepping up pic.twitter.com/yWcLHA7txu— Doug Ford (@fordnation) September 1, 2021
Beginning September 22, the vaccine passport will be in use across Ontario. You must show that you have been vaccinated at least 14 days ago in order to enter a passport destination. Until October 22, Ontario’s passport is simply a piece of government-issued photo ID and the PDF vaccine receipt. We’ll become more tech savvy with the passport at the end of October by the use of a verification app!
Where will the Passport be Used?
The vaccine passport is required for the following:
- Dining indoors at a restaurant (but not getting takeout or eating on a patio)
- Gyms and fitness centres
- Nightclubs (including outdoor nightclubs)
- Meeting or event spaces including banquet halls and conference centres
- Sports events
- Casinos and other gambling establishments
- Concerts and music festivals
- Horse racing venues
- Strip clubs, bathhouses, and sex clubs
Although retail stores are not listed, they have the right to require proof of vaccination if they choose.
Unless you’re a child under the age of 12 or you’re medically exempt, there are no exceptions to the passport policy. If you are able to be vaccinated, you can not submit a negative COVID-19 test instead. Go get vaccinated folks!