Province of Ontario COVID 19 Rules
As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities.
- Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout.) (When serving food or drinks, our Branch is considered to be functioning as a restaurant.)
- Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centers. (This refers to our Hall and Lounge.)
- 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. (This refers to our Walking Club, Darts and Shooting Club.)
- Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments. (This refers to our Bingo.)
Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be permitted entry with a doctor’s note until recognized medical exemptions can be integrated as part of a digital vaccine certificate.
For the period between September 22 and October 12, 2021, it is intended that people attending wedding or funeral receptions at meeting or event spaces will be able to provide a negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test from no more than 48 hours before the event as an alternative to proof of immunization.
Individuals can provide proof of immunization by downloading or by printing their vaccine receipts from the provincial booking portal, or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-9430-3900.
At the 08 September 2021 Branch 638 Executive meeting, the following motion was unanimously passed in regards to providing a safe environment for our Executives, Members, Volunteers and Customers:
“To ensure that our executive, volunteers, members and customers have a safe environment in which to work and socialize, all Branch executives, members and volunteers are hereby required to be fully vaccinated before entering Branch 638, which includes our buildings, all its public rooms, kitchen, bar area, the office and activities taking place on our surrounding property as of September 22, 2021.”
Understandably, there are those who fear needles, or don’t believe in the efficacy of the doses being given, or think that government mandated vaccination somehow interferes with their freedom of choice. They must realize however, that no one has yet come up with a cure for COVID 19 and COVID cases in hospitals are far higher with people who are unvaccinated so there are indications that the widely accepted, available vaccines are having a positive effect.
There must also be an understanding of those who have accepted the vaccinations and who wish to have some assurance of safety from those who don’t believe there is some means of fighting the pandemic and insist on mixing everyone together.
Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from COVID-19.
Yours in comradeship, Bill.
1st Vice-President & Chair, Branch Opening Committee
Kanata Branch 638
The Royal Canadian Legion