"We do want to make it our policy that any new hires have to be vaccinated," says one Toronto business owner.
Businesses across Toronto are taking to social media to let customers know their staff members have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The owner of People's Pint Brewing Company told Narcity that it was something to celebrate when their last staff member got vaccinated.
"Our entire staff had been on board with getting vaccinated as soon as possible, and it was something that we supported and encouraged, but it was entirely their decision to do it," said Doug Appeldoorn, owner of People's Pint. "So, everyone's fully vaccinated... we want people to know that we're a safe space and that they can come and have one less thing to worry about when they're enjoying a beer."
We are very happy to announce that our entire staff are now fully vaccinated! \n\n#teamtwodoses #fullyvacinnatedpic.twitter.com/IxMjIC1rov— People's Pint (@People's Pint) 1626360623
In a press conference on Thursday, Doug Ford rejected the idea of vaccine passports in Ontario. But while Ford said he's not in favour of mandatory certification, he did add that it would be up to "individual private companies" to decide if they wanted to implement it for staff.
According to Appeldoorn, People's Pint will not be requiring proof of vaccination for customers. "It's not something we want to put on our staff because that's a big ask. Unless there's some sort of vaccine passport or some sort of official way to do it. I don't know how we could possibly do that," he said. But when it comes to new staff, vaccinations may be taken into account. "We do want to make it our policy that any new hires have to be vaccinated," he added.
Other restaurants and retail shops across Toronto have also publicly posted about staff vaccinations. Earlscourt BBQ, Kimchi Korea House, Collected Joy, and Sage Health and Wellness Clinic are just some of the few who have made announcements regarding their staff's vaccine statuses.
"It's been a priority for me, as a business owner and a member of two fabulous neighbourhoods, to keep my staff and my customers safe and healthy throughout this pandemic," Sharon Smyl of Collected Joy told Narcity. "Being a fully-vaccinated place of business is something I am really proud of and am immensely grateful for. I have friends and family directly impacted by the virus and so I feel like this is one way I have been able to support them."
Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines and can answer any questions you may have.