From Wednesday onwards, proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required to enter restaurants, bars, gyms, and cinemas in Ontario. The new rules will require people to show proof of vaccination for entry into thousands of non-essential venues across the province.
Restaurants, bars, sports venues, gyms, theatres, cinemas, and casinos are just some of the venues where proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required. In order to gain entry, the patrons will need to show certification that they received two doses of an approved vaccine at least two weeks before.
By using their OHIP card, Ontarians can download their proof of vaccination from the provincial government website. There, a certificate showing that you’ve had two doses of vaccine can be downloaded and printed. You can also store it as a PDF on your phone and show it when required.
Also, those who were vaccinated outside Ontario can download this document or store it on their phone. Only those vaccines that were approved by Health Canada (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, or Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) will be accepted.
Besides proof of COVID-19 vaccination, those who are trying to gain entry to the venues mentioned above will also need to show government-issued identification with a name and date of birth, matching what’s on the proof-of-vaccination document. It does not have to be a photo ID.
OHIP card is also accepted as identification. Children under 12 are not subject to Ontario’s vaccine passport system.