With the start date for the requirement to show a proof of vaccine to enter many businesses fast approaching, the Ontario provincial government announced locations and instances where those entering are given exemptions from this rule.
The exemptions given by the government are as follows:
"Workers, contractors, repair workers, delivery workers, students, volunteers, inspectors or others who are entering the business or organization for work purposes and not as patrons," states the document.
A Patron entering an indoor area solely for the purpose of using the washroom, entering to access an outdoor area, to make a retail purchase, to place or pickup an order including placing a bet or winnings in the case of a horse racing track, to pay for an order, to purchase admission, and "as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety."
Children under 12 years of age will not be required to show proof of vaccination.
Patrons under 18 years of age will not be required to show proof of vaccination if they are actively participating in indoor organized sport, including trainings, games, and competitions, but the exemption does not apply to those viewing sporting events.
Patrons entering an indoor premise for the sole purpose of attending a wedding service, rite or ceremony or a funeral service, rite or ceremony, but not the associated social gathering, will not be required to show proof of vaccination.
Between September 22 and October 12, patrons attending a social gathering associated with a wedding service, rite or ceremony or a social gathering associated with a funeral service, rite or ceremony, will be allowed to show a negative antigen test administered within the previous 48 hours to gain entry.
Those proving their vaccination status will be required to show documents proving the vaccine's administration, as well as a government-issued ID.
According to CP24, proof of vaccination is not required for the following businesses: retail shopping, salons and barbershops, banks, places of worship, essential services, workplaces or patios and other outdoor spaces.
A medical exemption may also be shown in place of proof of vaccination, so long as the written document was given by a doctor, registered nurse, or nurse practitioner.