These Toronto Businesses Are Requiring Proof Of Vaccination For Entry Or Other Perks

Restaurants, dance classes, strip clubs and universities.

These Toronto Businesses Are Requiring Proof Of Vaccination For Entry Or Other Perks

You may need to be partially or fully vaccinated to enjoy some of the activities, classes and experiences some Ontario businesses have to offer.

While the province may not be enforcing vaccine passports or mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations, that doesn't mean independent businesses can't make their own rules.

Multiple universities, restaurants and even strip clubs have announced that they will require proof of vaccination, in some shape or form, before allowing patrons to enter their establishments or participate in certain activities.


Arisu, a Toronto Korean barbecue and sushi spot, posted a picture to their Instagram on July 17 of a flyer stating that proof of vaccination may be required for patrons looking to dine inside the restaurant.

The since-deleted post reads, "For your safety and health, indoor dinners may require proof of full vaccination status with I.D. Thank you for understanding!"

Parkdale restaurant and butcher shop Chantecler also announced on social media that they will be requiring guests to show proof of vaccination in order to sit at their indoor bar.

According to an Instagram post, Chantecler recently lost its lease to a Mary Brown's chain restaurant and is now working out of their sister restaurant Le Phenix.

Dance classes

The director of operations at Toronto Dance Salsa, Aleksander Saiyan, told Narcity that in order to attend in-person classes, dancers will need to be fully vaccinated and 14 days out from their second dose.

However, making that call was not easy for Saiyan. "I was sitting on that decision for a while frustrated because the whole culture of my school is everybody belongs," he said.

According to Saiyan, free virtual classes will be offered for those who aren't vaccinated for personal or health reasons and in-person classes will start on July 25.

Afro Latino Dance Company reopened on July 16 and according to their website they require those participating in partner dance to be fully vaccinated or they must bring a partner from their own social bubble.

If dancers are flying solo, they will have to provide proof of vaccination at their first partner class.

Strip clubs

Kaspar Cameron, the entertainment manager at Filmores Strip Club in Toronto, told Narcity that they are requiring all customers to have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Cameron said the decision came about after staff expressed safety concerns in step one and step two, leading up to the club opening in step three.

"We decided on our own that we were going to require everyone coming back to be vaccinated and then as we got closer to phase three the big question was well what about customers?" Cameron said. "You know after giving it some thought, it really wasn't that long of a discussion. We decided no, we're going to require all patrons to be vaccinated as well."

Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist, publicly supported Filmores' policy in a recent tweet. "People are snickering, but this is a wonderful example of protecting workers and customers," Bogoch wrote. "Many businesses/organizations could learn a lot from this proactive approach."

Universities & colleges

The University of Toronto announced on June 8 that students living in residence will need their first dose before moving in. The University is "strongly recommending" they get it at least 14 days in advance, according to their press release.

Ryerson University followed suit and announced on June 14 saying that students looking to live in residence in 2021 and 2022 will need to have one dose of a vaccine 14 days before moving in, according to their press release.

Seneca College took it a step further, recently announcing that all students and employees will need vaccinations to return on campus come September 7, including those in residence.

York University came forward on June 15, announcing that they too would require students to be vaccinated if living in residence this upcoming academic year.

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

Brooke Houghton
Brooke Houghton is a contributing writer for Narcity Media based in Toronto, Ontario.