"The [rise in] cases is worrisome in Mauricie. The majority are 18-30 years old," Dubé tweeted. He said that among new cases,* "80% of these people have not received their 1st dose and none have received their 2nd dose."
La ⬆️ des cas est préoccupante en Mauricie. La majorité sont des 18-30 ans. 80% de ces personnes n’ont pas reçu leu… https://t.co/OeLcJNegXi
Between July 22 August 2, the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Mauricie and Centre-du-Quebec region went from 17 to 150 — an increase of 133 cases, according to the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ).
In Quebec, 73.7% of the population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to ministry of health data.
MTL Blog has confirmed with Elections Canada that no, you won't need to show your vaccine passport to vote in Montreal.
"Voters are not required to have their vaccine passport to vote," the agency's media relations confirmed. Polling stations are also not on the Government of Quebec's list of places that require the passport.
Why wait for election day? 🗳️
If you want to vote earlier, you can vote by mail or at any Elections Canada office… https://t.co/LHmUgjLKFW
While the vaccine passport came into effect on September 1, several thousand "pro-choice" Quebecers held a protest in Montreal this Sunday, September 5, in the Old Port of Montreal.
"The time for division is over! We are in a democratic country so we are supposed to have the right to choose, to say no, to have the free choice to accept or not a medical treatment! The government is using fear and threats to get people to take the shot and now they are imposing a vaccine passport! They force children to be masked in class, while parents sit on the terrace it's okay! It's inconsistent and above all unacceptable," the description of the Facebook event read.
Protestors met at 1 p.m. on Place Jacques-Cartier.
À 10 min. du debut, sur le site de la Manifestation contre les mesures sanitaires abusives à Montréal #Montreal… https://t.co/zG9lV1O4uU
Where will I need the vaccine passport in Ontario?
Ontario Public Health is focusing on "higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn."
Proof of vaccination will be required at the following locations:
"restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
"nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
"meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
"facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
"casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
"concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
"strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;"
"racing venues (e.g., horse racing)."
Proof of vaccination will not be required in outdoor settings where the risk of transmission is low. It will also not apply to grocery stores, medical centres or places where people get medical supplies.
What do I do if I'm visiting from Quebec?
According to the Government of Ontario, "individuals visiting from outside the province or the country will be required to show their full vaccination status and identification to enter prescribed settings."
What this means is that Quebecers will be required to show complete documentation including their vaccination proof and photo ID.
Ontario says it will "develop and provide additional tools to improve user experience, efficiency, and business supports in the coming weeks, including ensuring verification of fully vaccinated individuals from outside of province or country."
MTL Blog has reached out to Ontario's Ministry of Health for information on whether these tools will include a QR code reader that will recognize Quebec's QR code proof of vaccination.
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.