COVID vaccine certificate system comes into effect in Ontario

Ontario vax passes begin

Starting today, patrons at dine-in restaurants, nightclubs, gyms, sports facilities and other venues in Ontario must present a receipt of full vaccination along with government identification as the province's new COVID-19 vaccine certificate system goes into effect

Doctors’ notes for medical exemptions will be accepted, but businesses that don't comply with the checks required by the system and patrons who give false information may be fined. However, businesses, bylaw officers, police forces and the province say enforcement will be gentle at first.

Premier Doug Ford has said he understands some people are concerned their civil liberties are being infringed upon, but the greater concern is another surge in infections that requires locking down the province again.

While venues will have to check paper or digital vaccine receipts with identification at first, the province has said it aims to launch a QR code and verification app for businesses on Oct. 22 to streamline the process.

New Brunswick's vaccine passport system is also now in effect, meaning people must show proof of full vaccination to access certain events, services and businesses, and masks are mandatory in all public indoor spaces.

Anyone entering New Brunswick must pre-register with the province.

Those who fail to follow the new rules can be fined between $172.50 and $772.50.

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