New details released on Ontario COVID-19 vaccine certificates, fines for non-compliance start at $ 750 | The Canadian News

With just over a week until COVID-19 vaccine certificates are required to access various indoor settings in Ontario, the provincial government has released additional details about the program, exemptions and fines for non-compliance.

Beginning September 22, residents wishing to visit the following indoor settings will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated for at least 14 days or a legitimate medical exemption along with identification: restaurants, bars, nightclubs, concert halls, gyms. and fitness facilities, theaters, cinemas, racetracks, water parks, film and television productions with studio audiences, sports facilities, casinos and gaming establishments, meeting and event spaces, strip clubs and restrooms.

Starting October 22, a QR code-based mobile app will be rolled out in Ontario for use by residents and businesses in place of current vaccination receipts. For those without mobile devices, the Ontario government will issue enhanced paper vaccine certificates with a QR code (if residents do not have a computer or printer, they can call 1-833-943-3900).

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Officials on Tuesday announced defined exemptions to be required to present proof of vaccination when entering the indoor settings listed above, including people who only need to use a bathroom, pay for an order, access an outdoor area that only it can be done through an interior. place or pick up a take out order, buy a ticket, buy something from a retail store, or if there is a health and safety reason.

Children under the age of 12, who are currently unable to get vaccinated against COVID-19, will be exempt from the screening requirements. For children under the age of 18 who will be entering an indoor space for organized sports, they will also be exempt from screening.

When it comes to funerals, weddings, and other religious ceremonies or rites, proof of vaccination will not be required as long as that person does not attend any associated social gatherings (such as receptions). Specific to funerals is an exemption from attending a social gathering if it is held in a funeral home or other facility approved under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act.

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Officials said that companies will not have the responsibility to verify the legitimacy of a medical exemption that is being granted. They also added that work is underway to introduce a standardized form for medical professionals.

In reviewing proof of vaccination documentation, business operators and employees were encouraged to compare the person’s name and date of birth with the identification they present. They were also encouraged to see that two doses of a vaccine and that at least 14 days have passed since the final dose.

One of the following forms of identification will need to be shown with a vaccine receipt or medical exemption: driver’s license, birth certificate, passport, citizenship card, Ontario photo card or other government-issued identification, Indian status card or Indian membership card or a permanent resident card.

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Under Ontario government regulation, fines for individuals who fail the assessment or submit fraudulent documents will start at $ 750 and fines for businesses will start at $ 1,000.

At press time, officials did not release the full regulations announcing the changes, as well as the approved reasons for a medical exemption. However, a spokesman for the Ontario government said they could be released by the end of Tuesday.

This is a story in development that will be updated throughout the afternoon.

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