Ontario Releasing Guidance to Support Proof of Vaccination Policy Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act
As of September 22, 2021, the government of Ontario will require patrons to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status and proof of ID to enter certain businesses and organizations, with a focus on higher-risk indoor public settings.
Businesses and organizations are responsible for ensuring they met the requirements to check for proof of vaccination and proof of identification from patrons.
Patrons are required to ensure that any information provided to the businesses or organization to demonstrate proof of vaccination or proof of identification is accurate.
In the event of harassment or threats of violence, law enforcement should be contacted.
Non-compliance by individuals and businesses can result in charges and fines, under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, (ROA).
An enhanced vaccine certificate and verification app will be available by October 22, 2021. Ontario’s proof of vaccination guidance will be updated to reflect the new processes.
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COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ontario
At 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, the province of Ontario will enter Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen.
Step Two of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of more outdoor activities and limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn, with other restrictions in place. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people;
- Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 5 people;
- Essential and other select retail permitted at 50 per cent capacity;
- Non-essential retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
- Personal care services where face coverings can be worn at all times, and at 25 per cent capacity and other restrictions;
- Outdoor dining with up to 6 people per table, with exceptions for larger households and other restrictions;
- Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 25 per cent capacity of the particular room;
- Outdoor fitness classes limited to the number of people who can maintain 3 metres of physical distance;
- Outdoor sports without contact or modified to avoid contact, with no specified limit on number of people or teams participating, with restrictions;
- Overnight camps for children operating in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
- Outdoor sport facilities with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
- Outdoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas, with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
- Outdoor horse racing and motor speedways, with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
- Outdoor fairs, rural exhibitions, festivals, permitted at 25 per cent capacity and with other restrictions.
CBC - Ontario to begin reopening Friday 3rd wave of COVID-19 recedes
Province to move into Phase 1 of its reopening plan 3 days ahead of schedule. June 11, 2021.
Ontario will move into the initial phase of its reopening plan three days ahead of schedule on Friday, the government says, including loosening restrictions on retail and outdoor activities.
The province said the decision was made based on vaccination rates and “continuing improvements in key public health indicators.”
In a statement, Premier Doug Ford thanked Ontarians for their “enormous sacrifices” and credited the ongoing immunization campaign for making it possible.
“As we begin to enjoy the benefits of the first step in our roadmap, like meeting friends on a patio or visiting your favourite local store, please do so safely by continuing to follow all public health guidelines,” Ford said.