Ontario COVID-19 Vaccination Passport: Places & Activities Exempt From Vaccine Proof Requirement Starting Sept 22nd

Ontario has detailed the list of places and activities where you don’t have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination once the vaccination is made mandatory to access certain non-essential activities like indoor dining at restaurants, gyms and movie theatres starting September 22nd.

The government is developing an app like the Quebec Vaccine passport where you can show the vaccine status using QR code. The government is expecting the app to be ready by October 22nd.

Until the app is ready, those who want to use facilities where proof of vaccination is required can show the receipt issued when getting vaccinated or downloaded from the government website together with a piece of government identification, such as a driver’s licence.

Children under age 12, youth under age 18 participating in indoor organized sport, including training, practices, games and competitions, and patrons with a medical exemption will be permitted entry without proof of vaccination.

 

Places requiring proof of vaccination:

  • Indoor areas of restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments without dance facilities
  • Indoor and outdoor areas of food or drink establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs and restaurants, clubs and other similar establishments
  • Indoor areas of meeting and event spaces
  • Indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks, and personal physical fitness training with limited exemptions
    • Includes gyms, fitness/sporting/recreational facilities, pools, leagues, sporting events, waterparks, and indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events
  • Indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments
  • Indoor areas of concert venues, theatres, and cinemas
  • Indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs
  • Indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues
  • Indoor areas where commercial film and TV productions take place with studio audiences.

Exemptions to requiring proof of vaccines include:

Beginning Sept. 22, proof of vaccination will be required for non-essential indoor settings where masks cannot be worn for the duration of the visit. There are some exemptions to this and these include:

  • Patrons with a medical exemption will be permitted entry without proof of vaccination
  • Children under 12 years old
  • Youth under 18 years of age, and who are entering the indoor premises of a facility used for sports and recreational fitness activities solely for the purpose of actively participating in an organized sport, in accordance with guidance published by the Ministry of Health on its website for the purposes of this provision;
  • Patron is entering an indoor area solely

(a) to use a washroom;

(b) to access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route;

(c) to make a retail purchase;

(d) while placing or picking up an order, including placing a bet or picking up winnings in the case of a horse racing track;

(e) while paying for an order;

(f) to purchase admission; or

(g) as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety.

  • Those who are entering the indoor premises of a meeting or event space, including a conference centre or convention centre, solely for the purposes of attending a wedding service, rite or ceremony or a funeral service, rite or ceremony, but not an associated social gathering;
  • Those who are entering the indoor premises of a meeting or event space that is located in a place of worship or in a funeral establishment, cemetery, crematorium or similar establishment that provides funeral, cemetery or cremation services and that is operated by a person licensed under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002, for the purposes of attending a social gathering associated with a funeral service, rite or ceremony.
  • Between September 22 and October 13, 2021, patrons may provide proof of a negative antigen test to attend an indoor social gathering associated with a wedding service, rite or ceremony or a social gathering associated with a funeral service, rite or ceremony in certain meeting or event spaces.

Starting September 22nd, individuals must provide proof of identification with proof of vaccination so that the business or organization can ensure the vaccination receipt belongs to the person. The person’s identification must be issued by an institution or public body and show the name of the identification holder and their date of birth. A photo identification is not required. If the name and date of birth on both documents do not match, the individual will not be allowed to enter the business or organization.

After October 22, 2021, in addition to proof of identity, a patron may present a paper or digital version of the PDF receipt or a paper or digital version of the enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code to gain access to designated settings.

 

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