Wednesday represented the first day of a proof-of-vaccination policy being in effect across the province, requiring Ontarians to show a vaccine certificate and some ID before entering many non-essential businesses.
So, how did it go?
According to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) a number of calls surrounding the new policy were more about clarification than complaining about needing a certificate.
“SMDHU received numerous calls and emails over the past week including yesterday from the public and businesses seeking clarification on the vaccine certificates,” reads an email from the SMDHU to Barrie 360. “This includes complaints about non-compliance and questions about how to comply with the new Regulation that SMDHU will be following up to assist businesses and organizations.”
The health unit says some calls surrounded how to get a certificate in the first place. If you haven’t already been able to download your certificate, information on how to do so is available through the Public Health Ontario website.
Additionally, the SMDHU is making available information to businesses to make sure the policy applies to them. Proof of Vaccination signage is also being offered by the health unit to local businesses that do require vaccine proof at the door. These include dine-in restaurants, fitness facilities, and movie theatres. Retail locations are not required to ask for proof.
In the meantime, the SMDHU says it will continue taking a graduated approach to proof of vaccine enforcement. It says there will be an emphasis on education and promotion to ensure businesses and organizations understand their responsibilities under the legislation. Monetary fines for non-compliance could follow.
The Health Unit says, above and beyond the information posted to its website, staff on the Health Connection lines are available during regular business hours to aid business operators.