City says only 10 restaurants in Ottawa do not comply with Ontario’s vaccination rules

In Queens Park, Nepean MPP Lisa MacLeod said 30 percent of the city’s eateries do not meet the requirements.

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While a number of Ottawa restaurants still do not comply with the requirements when it comes to vaccination requirements, Nepean MPP Lisa MacLeod’s claim that one-third of the city’s restaurants break the rules may be exaggerated.

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In an exchange with independent MPP Roman Baber during the question-and-answer session on Tuesday, MacLeod, the provincial secretary of cultural heritage, tourism, sports and culture, said: at this stage.”

Baber asked why sports venues could operate at full capacity, while protesters outdoors risked fines.

But in a statement to this newspaper, Roger Chapman, director of statutes and regulatory services at the City of Ottawa, said 31 businesses were inspected between October 15 and 16. Of these, 10 did not comply with various provisions of provincial legal requirements.

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In the 31 inspections, the city focused on businesses that had previously reported being incompatible, Chapman said. There are hundreds of restaurants in Ottawa.

“Bylaw and regulatory services perform proactive inspections to ensure companies comply with all provincial COVID regulations, including requirements for masking, capacity limits, contact tracking and vaccination evidence,” he said.

“Results of these inspections cannot be revealed at this time as many are still under investigation.”

As of Sept. 22, Ontario residents must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated to enter some public environments considered high-risk, including restaurants, theaters and gyms.

According to the rules, individuals are considered fully vaccinated if 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

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In his exchange with MacLeod, Baber said there was a “double standard” if 19,000 unmasked fans could pack each seat at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto without physical distance while drinking beer and eating peanuts while protesters faced tickets to demonstrate outdoor.

Spectators must wear masks while attending events at arenas and other venues, but they are allowed to remove them while eating or drinking.

“I can assure him (Baber) when you go into a Leafs, Senators, Raptors CFL, OHL game, here must be proof of vaccination to be there,” MacLeod said.

MacLeod said her ministry had met with the health ministry and Chief Medical Officer of Health as well as other ministries and stakeholders to ensure the restaurant sector could thrive in a post-pandemic world.

A spokeswoman for MacLeod said the MPP was not available for comment Wednesday.

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