Where does the Vaccine Pass apply?
The government approach focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes spaces often used for Ontario Culture Days events, such as:
Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
The new system would not apply to outdoor settings where the risk of transmission is lower, including patios, with the exception of outdoor nightclub spaces given the risk associated with the setting.
How to implement vaccine proof at your indoor event - from the start of the festival until October 21
Patrons show their proof of vaccination and ID at the door (along with their ticket).
Proof of vaccination must include their name, date of vaccination and product name (brand of vaccine) at the time of vaccination. Patrons only need to bring the receipt for their second/final dose. The receipt can be in paper or in an electronic format (e.g. shown on the patron's phone).
Proof of ID must include the patron's name and date of birth. Photo ID is not required (though most common forms of ID would probably be photo ID).
This information cannot be kept on file - e.g. a subscriber would have to show their proof of vaccination and ID at every concert they attend.
If the vaccine proof and the ID have the required information listed above, if the name and date of birth match, and if the second/final dose was given at least 14 days before your concert, then the patron would be allowed into your venue. (See note on name match below).
Patrons would also be allowed into your venue if they provide ID and a valid medical exemption, or if they are under the age of 12, assuming the adults accompanying them are also eligible to enter.
Valid vaccine proof from Ontario would include the old Ontario vaccination receipt, the new Ontario vaccination receipt that can be downloaded from the booking portal, or a receipt signed by an Indigenous health provider. Valid proof from other jurisdictions could vary significantly, but should contain the required information noted above.
It may be helpful to provide your team with the latest acceptable date for second/last doses on each day you have an event.
Expired identification can be used in limited circumstances:
Residents of Ontario can use an expired provincial ID (e.g. driver's license) or an expired federal ID (e.g. a passport).
Residents from other Canadian provinces can use an expired federal ID only (e.g. a passport).
Residents from abroad may not use expired ID.
How to implement vaccine proof at your indoor event - October 22 onwards
Starting on October 22, patrons will be able to use the QR code system (either via app or printed on the enhanced vaccine receipt yet to come). Older paper or electronic copies of vaccination proof will still be acceptable. This will mean most (but probably not all) of your patrons will be able to switch to using the QR code system.
More details about this later version of the process, including the verification app for businesses to use, will be released later.