ONTARIO GOVERNMENT COVID-19 PROOF OF VACCINATION AS OF SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 AND EVENTS / DINING @ OLD MILL TORONTO (HOSPITALITY INC.) – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.
On September 1, 2021, the Ontario Government announced that, as of September 22, 2021, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination along with photo identification will be required for entry to certain high-risk indoor, public settings, including (but not limited to) Event Centres and Restaurants. Old Mill Toronto Hospitality falls into this category and is required to follow the Provincial mandate.
Initially, proof of vaccination will be an individual’s existing Ministry of Health paper or PDF vaccine receipt. By October 22, 2021, the Province will unveil an enhanced digital vaccine receipt with a QR code. An individual who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical exemption will be permitted entry with a doctor’s note until such time as the medical exemption can be integrated into the digital receipt.
What will happen on September 22nd? What will happen on October 22nd?
As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination as well as proof of identity (such a driver’s licence or health card) to access certain public settings and facilities.
An enhanced vaccine certificate, as well as a verification app to allow businesses to read the QR code, will be available beginning October 22.
What if I don’t want to disclose my vaccination status?
It is the discretion of the individual to determine whether they would like to disclose their vaccination status. Should they make the decision not to divulge this information, they will not be permitted to access settings that require proof of vaccination.
In settings where you have to be vaccinated to attend, is recent negative test sufficient to attend if you are unvaccinated?
A negative COVID-19 test or recent COVID-19 infection will not entitle a person to enter these settings, with narrow time-limited exceptions for testing. For the period between September 22 and October 12, 2021, it is intended that people attending wedding or funeral receptions at meeting or event spaces will be able to provide a negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test from no more than 48 hours before the event as an alternative to proof of vaccination. These rapid antigen tests would have to be privately purchased. The only exemptions are for unvaccinated people with medical exemptions and people under 12 years old will also be permitted to enter these settings.
Will people with medical exemptions be allowed to access settings requiring proof of vaccination?
The only exemptions permitted to enter these settings are for unvaccinated people with medical exemptions and people under 12 years old. Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be permitted with a doctor’s note until the medical exemption can be integrated as part of a digital vaccine certificate.
Will individuals aged 11 and under be allowed to access settings requiring proof of vaccination?
Individuals aged 11 and under will be eligible to access these settings. If they are accompanied by an adult, the adult must be vaccinated.
How will the government enforce the requirement for proof of vaccination?
Consistent with current practices under the Reopening Ontario Act, enforcement will be conducted by by-law officers. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development inspectors will begin with education and warnings visits.
Why isn’t the province increasing capacity limits for the settings where proof of vaccination is required?
As Ontario continues to confront the Delta-driven fourth wave, the province has taken a cautious approach. This has included some of the highest vaccine thresholds required for re-opening, as well as maintaining indoor masking, a policy that other provinces are now re-introducing.
To avoid future lockdowns and protect hospitals, Ontario is maintaining this cautious approach. This includes not expanding capacity limits in any setting at this time. As we monitor the impact of opening schools and the growing number of people returning to workplaces, we will evaluate when it may be safe to consider expanding capacity limits in settings that are captured by the new vaccine certificate policy.
Will proof of vaccination be required to attend weddings and other organized events?
For the period between September 22nd and October 12th, 2021, people attending indoor wedding and funeral receptions at indoor meeting or event spaces will be able to provide a negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test from no more than 48 hours before the event, as an alternative to the vaccine certificate showing they are fully vaccinated. These rapid antigen tests must be privately purchased.
What does this mean for Event Guests (Social/Wedding/Corporate), Dining Room Guests and those Guests scheduled for Tours of Old Mill Toronto?
As of September 22, 2021, ALL Guests entering Old Mill Toronto will have to:
- show proof of vaccination PLUS proof of identify (a government issued id card with photo) to the Host/Hostess to enter the premise and
- provide contact information (which we are required to keep for 30 days) and
- answer the Covid-19 questionnaire (besides a paper questionnaire, a QR code is available). If you answer YES to any of questions, you will not be permitted on site.
While we attempt to be efficient in the review and collection of this data, it will add time to guests entering the premise. Please ensure that you have added enough time for this new and required process – we suggest adding 20 minutes to your arrival time.
Please bear with us during this process – we are mandated to comply with this Provincial Order and will do in a positive and professional and respectful way to ensure that our guests and our people do our part in mitigating the spread of Covid-19. We thank you in advance for your understanding.
How can Event and Dining Room Hosts/Guests speed up the process of entry?
Event Hosts and Dining Room Hosts, kindly remind ALL of your guests of the information that we require upon entry. We will not be able to allow entry to anyone without the information stated above and would like to avoid any unnecessary issues as guests enter our beautiful property.
Our staff have a duty to fulfill given the Provincial Order. We will do so in the most professional and respectful way and we ask that our guests do as well.
Masks Must be Worn on Property
As a reminder, masks are required upon entry to the property and must be worn in all public areas. If you do not have a mask, we can provide one for your convenience.
Masks can only be removed when seated at your table during the food and beverage service.
A Message from your Old Mill Toronto (Hospitality Inc). Team:
We thank you for choosing our prestigious and beautiful property for your Event. We will endeavor to make your visit a positive and memorable one. We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times – we are navigating in the best way we know through these unchartered waters – thank you for your trust and support.
Updated on September 14, 2021at 8:50am