If you are planning to enter some town facilities, you should be prepared to provide proof of vaccination along with photo ID, such as a drivers’ license or health card.
The new rules are in compliance with provincial regulations that went into effect on September 22. This included all indoor town facilities and recreation centres.
Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medial exemptions will be permitted with a doctor’s note until the medical exemption can be integrated as part of the province’s digital vaccine certifi cate.
Children under the age of 12 will be exempt as there is currently no vaccination available to that age group. However, any parent or guardian accompanying a child under the age of 12 must meet the vaccination requirements to attend with the child.
All facilities will have staff at the enrance who will be checking to ensure any patrons entering meet the provincial vaccination requirements. They will be asking for proof of vaccination as well as proof of ID.
The province is expected to introduce an enhanced vaccine certificate as well as a verification app that will allow staff to read the QR code.
That is expected to be in place by October 22.
The province is also expected to develop and provide additional tools to improve user experience, efficiency, and business support in the coming weeks including establishing alternative tools for people with no e-mail, health card, or ID.
Proof of vaccination requirements will not apply to outdoor settings where the risk of transmission is considered low.
This includes such spaces as parks, at
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times