September 2021
Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings

2021-09-01 2:35:17 PM

The Government of Ontario announced today that it will require people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings starting September 22, 2021.

Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities including:

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
  • Meetings and events spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sports;
  • Sporting events;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
  • Strip clubs, bathouses and sex clubs;
  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).
These mandatory requirements would not apply to outdoor settings, including patios, with the exception of outdoor nightclub spaces. Aligned with public health measures currently in place, indoor masking policies will continue to remain in place.

Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be permitted entry with a doctor’s note until recognized medical exemptions can be integrated as part of a digital vaccine certificate. Children who are 11 years of age and younger and unable to be vaccinated will also be exempted from these requirements.

Of particular interest for AMCTO members, the Frequently Asked Questions for the new requirement for proof of vaccination states that consistent with current practices under the Reopening Ontario Act, enforcement will be conducted by both municipal by-law officers and Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development inspectors.  

Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings


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