Regina restaurants say first day of vaccine pass going smoothly

Regina restaurants say first day of vaccine pass going smoothly

Saskatchewan residents are now required to show proof of vaccination when dining indoors.

Author of the article:

Mark Melnychuk

Anna Gardikiotis, one of the family owners of The Copper Kettle, stands in front of the restaurant on Scarth Street in Regina, Saskatchewan on Oct. 1, 2021. Gardikiotis and other restaurant owners in the province are now having to ask customers for proof of COVID-19 vaccine.

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Anna Gardikiotis, one of the family owners of The Copper Kettle, stands in front of the restaurant on Scarth Street in Regina, Saskatchewan on Oct. 1, 2021. Gardikiotis and other restaurant owners in the province are now having to ask customers for proof of COVID-19 vaccine. BRANDON HARDER/ Regina Leader-Post Photo by BRANDON HARDER /Regina Leader-Post

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As people entered the Fat Badger during the lunch hour on Friday, they were politely asked by a staff member to show proof they were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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One man, seemingly unaware of the new public health order mandating people show proof of vaccination when dining indoors, had to leave.

Julie, a manager at the Fat Badger who did not wish to provide her last name, said the pub has already had to turn away some patrons, but no one has been difficult just yet. However, she expects unruly patrons could be a reality over the weekend.

“I guess we kind of had some practice with COVID and all. There were a lot of restrictions then, and people were resistant then as well. So we’re almost just expecting now, and we’re ready to handle it as we need to,” she said.

The Government of Saskatchewan announced plans to implement a proof of vaccination mandate for certain non-essential events and businesses last month. The public health order officially took effect Friday.

Over at the Copper Kettle, co-owner Anna Gardikiotis said the first day of the vaccine pass system had been going smoothly.

“I’m surprised how many people have the actual QR codes on the first day. That’s really slick on the app,” said Gardikiotis.

Restaurants are able to use a verifier app to quickly scan customers’ QR codes to see if they’ve been fully vaccinated.

Gardikiotis said she hadn’t had to deal with any difficult customers, but said the restaurant had been getting calls from people trying to “educate” them on how COVID-19 vaccines did not work.

“They’re respectful conversations and everybody’s entitled to their opinion, but yeah, they’re calling around. I think there’s some frustrated people out there,” she said.

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Gardikiotis said having to ask for proof of vaccination wasn’t much of a hindrance when seating guests, but Julie at the Fat Badger said it could be difficult at times when large groups of people come into the pub.

“You have to have extra hands on deck just to check so you can get them seated accordingly and then serve appropriately, so it does take extra time, yes,” she said.

Under the new regulations, Saskatchewan residents are required to show proof of vaccination at restaurants and bars, but not fast food locations. Retail liquor and cannabis businesses are also included.

Gyms and fitness facilities are included, as well as venues hosting sporting events that sell tickets with GST charged on the price. Proof is also required at entertainment venues, including cinemas, theatres, casinos, bingo halls and locations that host concerts.

People who are unable to provide proof of vaccination must produce evidence they have received a negative test result within 72 hours of entering a venue.

Library offering assistance for accessing vaccine records

The Regina Public Library is offering free printing of vaccination records for residents.

The library is also offering one-on-one appointments to help people access and view their public health records, and is providing instructions for setting up an eHealth account.

Libraries are exempt from requiring proof of vaccination.

mmelnychuk@postmedia.com

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