Here's What Ontario's Vaccine Certificates Mean For Weddings & Funerals This Fall

New measures kick off on September 22.

Here's What Ontario's Vaccine Certificates Mean For Weddings & Funerals This Fall
Toronto Associate Editor

The Ontario government just announced that it will officially be adopting its own vaccine certificate in the province, and proof of vaccination will be mandatory at weddings and funerals this fall.

In a press conference on Wednesday, September 1, the Ford government announced that mandatory proof of vaccine to attend certain events will come into effect on September 22. By October 22, Ontarians will be able to get enhanced vaccine certificates with QR codes.

"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 vaccination," the Ford government revealed in a news release. "These rapid antigen tests would have to be privately purchased."

A recent negative COVID-19 test or recent infection from the virus will not be sufficient to allow Ontarians to attend weddings or funerals during this period of time. Unvaccinated people with medical exemptions and children under 12 will be exempt from this mandate and permitted to enter the setting.

The provincial government also released a list of other venues and events where proof of vaccination will be required. It includes non-essential businesses such as nightclubs (both indoor and outdoor), theatres, music festivals, sporting events, indoor restaurants, and more.

Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines and can answer any questions you may have.

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

Alex Arsenych
Toronto Associate Editor