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Ontario Premier defends decision to launch proof of vaccination requirement

DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard

DURHAM/KAWARTHA: Following the launch of the proof of vaccination requirements, for residents to enter facilities, with the intention to remain in while partaking of the products purchased in restaurants, bars, nightclubs, sports events, casinos and theatres this past week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford told reporters this decision was a necessary step to help the province battle against COVID-19.

“I know many people are concerned about the certificate and what it means for your civil liberties. I know this is a divisive issue, and that’s understandable. I want you to know, I hear you. Our government understands your concerns. It is no secret I was reluctant to use this tool,” Premier Ford explained at a press conference, on Wednesday, September 22nd.

He added, the government felt this was the only way to keep people safe going forward, while maintaining the progress the province has achieved in handling this pandemic.

“We can’t afford to shut down again or experience a sudden surge in cases, like we’re seeing in other provinces across the country. I truly believe this tool, these certificates; they’re the best chance we have to get through the coming months without having to move backwards.”

In order to enter these settings, with the intention to remain in while partaking of the products purchased, people will have to show a paper or PDF vaccine receipt proving they are fully vaccinated, as well as valid photo identification.

However, there are exceptions to this requirement: such as, if you are entering to use a washroom, to get to an outdoor area which “can only be accessed through an indoor route”, to make a retail purchase, to purchase admission or to place or pick up an order. Next month, in place of the vaccine receipt, the government is launching a personal QR code which people can use if they wish to prove their full vaccination status.

“Let me be very clear; this is a temporary and exceptional measure,” Premier Ford said. “We will only use these certificates for as long as they’re needed, and not one day longer.” [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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