Covid-19 Guidelines

We will be following the guidelines put out by the Ontario Ministry of Health and will update as needed.
 
The full guidelines are below, but the short version is: 
Yes, please be kind and wear a mask,
and please have your proof of vaccination and photo id ready to show.


As of September 22nd, the guidelines are:

Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act
Version 1 – September 14, 2021
Introduction
This guidance document provides information for specified businesses or organizations
as per section 2.1 of Schedule 1 to O. Reg. 364/20: Rules for Areas at Step 3 and at the
Roadmap Exit Step (O. Reg. 364/20) under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to
COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) to require each patron who enters an area of the premises to
provide, at the point of entry, proof of identification and proof of being fully vaccinated
against COVID-19. The specified businesses or organizations must comply with this
guidance document, pursuant to section 2.1(4) of Schedule 1 of O. Reg. 364/20.
This guidance document only pertains to section 2.1 of Schedule 1 of O. Reg. 364/20 and
is not intended to be a comprehensive description of the requirements with respect to
patrons entering a business or organization. There may be other rules that apply when
patrons enter a business or organization, such as requirements in the regulations under
the ROA for the business or organization to screen patrons for COVID-19 symptoms and
record patrons’ contact information. This guidance document sets out baseline requirements that specified businesses and organizations must comply with in accordance with section 2.1 of Schedule 1 of O Reg.
364/20. It does not preclude businesses or organizations from establishing their own
additional policies or requirements pertaining to their patrons. Businesses or organizations
considering creating their own additional policies or requirements may wish to consult a
lawyer. This guidance document is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis,
treatment, or legal advice. In the event of any conflict between this guidance document
and the ROA, the ROA prevails. 2 | P a g e Businesses or organizations must comply with any applicable municipal by-laws, section 22 orders issued by local Medical Officers of Health under the Health Protection and
Promotion Act (HPPA), and any other applicable instructions, policies or guidelines issued
by the Government of Ontario. All applicable legislative or regulatory requirements related to health and safety such as those in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations continue to apply. While the ROA sets out certain specific requirements, with respect to worker health and safety, the OHSA requires that employers must take every precaution reasonable inthe circumstances to protect the health and safety of workers. This includes protecting workers from hazards posed by infectious diseases. Employers must meet all
requirements under both statutes.

Application
Should an individual choose not to share the required information then, unless the ROA
otherwise exempts them from this requirement, they will not be permitted to enter those
businesses or organizations that require proof. In order to enter the business and organization, with limited exceptions:
• The patron must provide the required proof of identification and proof of being
fully vaccinated, and
• The business and organization must review and confirm the proof. For a limited time period (on or after September 22, 2021 but before October 13, 2021), for
indoor social gatherings associated with weddings and funerals (in meeting and event
spaces) the negative result of a COVID-19 antigen test may be provided instead of proof
of being fully vaccinated. A business or organization shall not retain any information provided by a patron if the
information is provided pursuant to a requirement under section 2.1 of Schedule 1 of O.
Reg. 364/20 under the ROA. An individual is considered fully vaccinated if they have received:
• The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any
combination of such vaccines, or
• One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada,
followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada,
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• Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada; and
• They received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before
providing the proof of being fully vaccinated. Effective September 22, 2021, patrons seeking access to the following areas of the
premises of the following businesses or organizations must show proof of identification
and proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before they can enter the area, with
limited exceptions:
Businesses or Organizations Additional Information
Indoor areas of meeting and event spaces Includes banquet halls, conference and
convention centres (with limited exceptions)
Indoor and outdoor areas of food or drink establishments with dance facilities,including nightclubs and restoclubs and other similar establishments Excludes delivery and takeout Indoor areas of restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments without dance facilities Excludes outdoor areas (i.e., outdoor patios), delivery and takeout;
Indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks, and personal fitness
training.   Includes gyms, fitness/sporting/recreational facilities, pools, leagues, sporting events, waterparks, and
indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events.

Limited exceptions apply Indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls, and
other gaming establishments Indoor areas of concert venues, theatres,and cinemas Indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs Indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues Includes indoor only for horse racing and car racing and other similar venues Indoor areas where film and TV productions take place with studioaudiences
Does not include cast and crew members 4 | P a g e Section 2.1 of Schedule 1 of O. Reg. 364/20 does not apply to businesses or organizations, not listed above, including those that provide access to necessary medical care,
groceries, and basic medical supplies. All other public health and workplace safety measures in O. Reg. 364/20 remain in effect (including but not limited to capacity limits, patron screening, masking, physical
distancing and collection of patron contact information where required).

Exemptions
The proof of identification and proof of vaccination against COVID-19 requirements under O. Reg. 364/20 do not apply to:
a) 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.
b) A patron who is entering an indoor area solely for the following purposes:
• to use a washroom;
• to access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor
route;
• to make a retail purchase;
• while placing or picking up an order, including placing a bet or picking up
winnings in the case of a horse racing track;
• while paying for an order;
• to purchase admission; or
• as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety. All other public health measures (e.g., masking and physical distancing) continue to
apply to patrons. c) Children under 12 years of age.
• Businesses or organizations specified in the regulation must require patrons
who are 12 years of age or older and who do not qualify for an exemption to
provide proof of identification and proof of being fully vaccinated against
COVID-19 prior to entering an area specified in section 2.1 of Schedule 1 of O.
Reg. 364/20. Businesses or organizations should establish processes to
ensure compliance with this requirement, including processes to ensure
compliance with this requirement when a business or organization is
uncertain whether a patron is under 12 years of age. 5 | P a g e d) Patrons under 18 years of age who are entering the indoor premises of a facility
used for sports and recreational fitness activities solely for the purpose of actively
participating in an organized sport, in accordance with the guidance below and in
Appendix A:
• The exemption relating to youth under 18 years of age actively participating
in indoor organized sport applies to training, practices, games and
competitions. Examples of an organized sport for which the exemption applies include:
o sports leagues
o organized pick-up sports
o dance classes
o martial arts
o swimming classes
• The exemption does not apply to youth who are spectators at sporting events. Nor does the exemption apply to youth who are using a gym or other area with exercise equipment or weights unless actively participating in an
organized sport.
• Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and proof of identification (or proof of being entitled to another exemption) is required for patrons 18 years and older, including parents or guardians of youth actively
participating in an organized sport. Businesses or organizations should establish processes to ensure compliance with this requirement, including processes to ensure compliance with this requirement when a business or
organization is uncertain whether a patron is under 18 years of age. Proof of identification and proof of being fully vaccinated is not required for workersor volunteers, including coaches and officials.
e) Patrons who are entering the indoor premises of a meeting or event space,
including a conference centre or convention centre, solely for the purposes of
attending a wedding service, rite or ceremony or a funeral service, rite or
ceremony, but not an associated social gathering (See Appendix B). f) Patrons who are entering the indoor premises of a meeting or event space that is located in a place of worship or in a funeral establishment, cemetery, crematorium
or similar establishment that provides funeral, cemetery or cremation services and that is operated by a person licensed under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002, for the purposes of attending a social gathering associated with a funeral service, rite or ceremony (See Appendix B). 6 | P a g e
g) Patrons who are entering the indoor premises of a meeting or event space other
than a place described in (f) above, including a conference centre or convention
centre, for the purposes of attending a social gathering associated with a wedding
service, rite or ceremony or a social gathering associated with a funeral service, rite
or ceremony, on or after September 22, 2021, but before October 13, 2021, as long
as the patron produces the results of an antigen test administered within the
previous 48 hours establishing that the person is negative for COVID-19 to the
person responsible for the establishment (See Appendix B).
h) Patrons who provide a written document, completed and supplied by a physician
(designated as “MD”) or by a registered nurse in the extended class (designated as
“Registered Nurse (Extended Class)”, “RN(EC)”, “Nurse Practitioner” or “NP”) stating
that the individual is exempt for a medical reason from being fully vaccinated
against COVID-19 and the effective time-period for the medical reason. Patrons with a medical exemption are required to present identification and a written document stating the individual is exempt for a medical reason to the
business or organization. To review proof of a medical reason for not being vaccinated against COVID-19, the
business or organization must ensure:
• The name of the person in the written documentation matches the
identification provided.
• The physician’s or registered nurse in the extended class’s information is complete by including:
o Name and contact information of the physician or registered nurse in the extended class;
o Logo or letterhead identifying the physician or registered nurse in theextended class;
o Statement that there is a medical reason for the individual’s exemptionfrom being fully vaccinated against COVID-19; and
o Any effective time-period for the medical reason which includes thedate the patron is seeking access to the business or organization.
Vaccine Certification Process From September 22 to October 22

All Ontarians receiving a vaccine, whether at first dose or second dose, are provided a
receipt at the time of vaccination. A paper copy of the receipt is provided on site and an