A new system of COVID-19 vaccination certificates goes into effect Wednesday in Ontario.
Customers at restaurants, nightclubs, fitness centers, sports facilities and other venues must present a full vaccination receipt along with government identification.
Doctors’ notes for medical exemptions will also be accepted.
Companies that do not comply with the checks required by the system and customers who give false information may be fined.
Premier Doug Ford has said he understands that some people fear their civil liberties will be violated.
But he says the biggest concern is the sudden increase in infections and the fear of having to re-contain the province.
The province’s chief medical officer of health has called on Ontarians to be “kind and understanding” while the system takes effect.
Dr Kieran Moore also said he believes the system will lead to an increase in immunization, especially among people between the ages of 20 and 39, as individuals in this age range often frequent places covered by the system. .
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Fines are possible for companies who fail to comply with the controls required by the system, and for customers who provide false information. But businesses, city officials, police and the province say the app will be smooth at first.
Companies have said they feel ready to implement the system, but are unsure how customers will react to it.
James Rilett, Restaurants Canada vice-president for central Canada, said restaurants are “as prepared as they can get”, but they expect “lost business” and confrontations with certain clients.
Ryan Mallough, senior director of Ontario affairs at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said businesses have a “decent understanding” of what is required, but there is “some stress and strain. anxiety around what will happen when things don’t go well ”.
While sites will first need to verify paper or digital vaccine receipts with identification, the province announced plans to launch a QR code and verification app for businesses on Oct. 22 to streamline the process.
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