Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings

Following the briefing from the Ontario Government on Wednesday September 1, 2021, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario will require people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings starting September 22, 2021


As of September 22, 2021, Ontario residents will need to show proof of full vaccination (having received two doses at least 14 days before entry) along with photo ID. This approach focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes:

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);

  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);

  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;

  • 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;

  • Sporting events;

  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;

  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;

  • Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;

  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).



  1. Our Guidelines for Returning to Indoor volleyball remains unchanged. 

  2. Starting September 22, 2021, league and event participants, and spectators will need to present either a physical, or digital copy of their 2nd vaccination receipt (having been obtained at least 14 days prior) prior to playing. You can obtain your certificate through this link: https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca

  3. Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions can participate with supporting documentation until recognized medical exemptions can be integrated as part of a digital vaccine certificate.


For more details, you can visit https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000779/ontario-to-require-proof-of-vaccination-in-select-settings