Alberta introduces stricter health measures & vaccine passport exemption program

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has introduced strict and sweeping new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, including a form of vaccine passport. Apologizing and admitting fault for his government’s handling of the pandemic, Kenney announced a state of public health emergency on September 15. Alberta will now implement new health measures to expand capacity, increase […]

ORHMA recommends mandatory vaccinations for hospitality employees

The Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association has issued a statement recommending policy inclusion of mandatory vaccinations for hospitality employees. “ORHMA, in its role as an industry association… recommends the policy inclusion of mandated vaccination for Ontario’s hospitality workers with exception of those employees experiencing medical issues in which case they should be medically and […]

Delta variant affecting restaurant business, customers split on vaccines passports

As the long, long story of COVID-19’s effect on foodservice continues, the delta variant is wreaking havoc on restaurant business amid varying consumer confidence and mixed opinions on COVID-19 restrictions. Six out of 10 U.S. adults said they have changed their restaurant habits, according to a survey conducted by the National Restaurant Association Research Group. […]

B.C. vaccine passport coming in September as province follows Quebec

British Columbia announced on August 23 that it is following Quebec by becoming the second province to require proof of vaccination for entry to establishments including restaurants. The B.C. vaccine passport will come into effect on September 13, two weeks after Quebec’s goes live. Unlike Quebec’s, the B.C. vaccine passport will only mandate that patrons […]

Vaccination mandates: How to handle asking for proof

Updated September 16 Vaccination mandates are the topic on everyone’s lips right now. In Canada, numerous provinces beginning with Quebec and going on to include others such as B.C. and later Ontario and Alberta have either already introduced or have announced the implementation of vaccine certificates. This move, which has also been seen in some […]

MLSE restaurants in Toronto to require proof of vaccination

Toronto-based Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment will begin requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result for visitors to its facilities and MLSE restaurants in mid-September. The company owns the Real Sports, E11EVEN, and Hot Stove Club restaurant brands as well as the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC, Toronto Argonauts, and […]

Quebec introducing vaccine passport from September 1 amid fierce debate

Quebec has confirmed it is implementing a vaccine passport system for restaurants, bars, and other non-essential services from the start of September. Premier François Legault announced on August 5 that the province will introduce the system amid rising case numbers and the prospect of more hospitalizations and deaths in the coming weeks. On August 10, […]

Is asking for proof of vaccination the new restaurant normal?

By Tom Nightingale Across Canada, North America, and beyond, the debate around vaccinations has been raging since numerous vaccines became widely available a few months ago. Now, the hottest topic may be proof of vaccination. Much has been made of whether requiring proof of vaccinations — be they so-called “vaccine passports” or other forms of […]

Quebec prepared to mandate vaccination passports for restaurants

Quebec is prepared to implement “vaccination passports” to stop people who aren’t fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from accessing certain non-essential services like restaurants and bars if the province’s situation deteriorates. Provincial health minister Christian Dubé said the move could come as early as September 1 if necessary, but that digital vaccination passports would only be […]

ICYMI: Ontario workers now eligible for 3 paid sick days

Ontario workers including foodservice and hospitality employees are finally eligible for three paid COVID-19-related sick days under the new government Bill 284, Putting Ontario Workers First. The Bill amended the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) to require employers to provide employees with up to three paid days of leave related to COVID-19, including: going for […]