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Proof of Vaccination Required for Settings Including Indoor Dining & Events

Ontario is in the midst of the fourth wave of COVID-19. In order to avoid another lockdown, Ontario is taking a cautious approach and has announced that proof vaccinations (two doses plus 14 days) will be required when entering into areas where masks are not always permitted.

Beginning on September 22, 2021, individuals will need to show proof of vaccination - PDF document printed or on smart phone (two doses plus 14 days) with photo ID at the following settings:

  • Restaurants and Bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as take-out and delivery)
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment)
  • Meetings and Event Spaces (Banquet Halls, and Conference / Convention Centres) - this includes weddings
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities (including facilities at hotels)
  • Sporting events
  • Casinos, Bingo Halls, and Gaming Establishments
  • Strip Clubs, Bathhouses and Sex Clubs
  • Racing Venues (e.g. Horse Racing)

These requirements would not apply to outdoor spaces, including patios (with the exception of nightclubs).


  • Unvaccinated people with medical exemptions.
  • Children 12 years old and under will be permitted to enter.
  • People can attend weddings and funerals with a negative COVID-19 test until October 12.

Important to Note:

  • Guests coming from overseas are expected to be fully vaccinated.
  • Guests from other provinces will be excepted to be fully vaccinated and processes will be outlined in the future.
  • Contact tracing is still mandatory due to the passport not maintaining data due to privacy protection.
  • Capacity limits are not being impacted at this time.
  • A validation process and details will be brought forward.
  • The province will unveil a system by October 22, 2021.

For more information or if you have questions, please email

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