Implementation of the vaccine certificate in food courts: September 21, 2021
The Government of Ontario is implementing a vaccination certificate effective September 22, 2021. Patrons of food or drink establishments (excluding outdoor patios, takeout, and delivery) must provide proof of identification and proof of being fully vaccinated at the point of entry. This includes food or drink establishments in food courts.
The Government of Ontario does have a Questions and Answers document intended to help clarify the requirements of Ontario Regulation 364/20 (under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020). Question 41 within this document directly answers the question related to food court settings by stating:
41. Do patrons who are dining indoors at food courts need to show proof of vaccination?
“Patrons of food or drink establishments (excluding outdoor patios, takeout, and delivery) must provide proof of identification and proof of being fully vaccinated at the point of entry. This includes food or drink establishments in food courts.”
Public Health Sudbury & Districts is encouraging both management of food courts and the food vendors to work together and create a system on how to deal with the proof of vaccination for patrons choosing to dine in. Ultimately the food court operators will have to ensure a process is in place. Below are potential options to deal with this issue that you may wish to consider:
- Implement the tray system where vendors intending to dine indoors are given trays while those taking out are provided with bags. This would signal to staff security that the client intends to stay and vendors can require proof of identification and proof of vaccination.
- Have security/staff monitoring the indoor dining area and be located at key access points to validate visitors’ proof of identification and proof of vaccination.
In addition, the Ontario Government has established a phone line to deal with questions about impacts to your business. Please considering calling the “Stop the Spread” Business Information line at 1.888.444.3659 for questions regarding your responsibilities as a workplace.
Public Health Sudbury & Districts
This item was last modified on September 22, 2021