As planned, the vaccine passport will be used for non-essential services, including bars, gyms, restaurants, festivals, and cinemas. The full list will be available on Quebec.ca on Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning, said Dubé.
Dubé also addressed questions about how the passport would work for youth younger than 12 years old, who aren't currently eligible to get COVID-19 vaccines in the province.
The answer is that the vaccine passport will only apply to Quebecers aged 13 and older. Those 12 years old and under can continue to access public spaces without proof of vaccination.
Véronique Comtois, a spokesperson for the SPVM, told MTL Blog that there were no fines handed out during the protest and no arrests made as of Sunday at 12 p.m. But, two incidents that occurred at Saturday's protest remain "under investigation" — one act of mischief and another involving a fire in a chemical toilet.
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Quebec's vaccine passport has officially been in full force since September 1. While countless businesses have embraced the new system as a means of public safety, other Montreal restaurants have opted to close their dining rooms rather than enforce proof of vaccination.
A couple of restaurant owners have also said they would welcome anyone, regardless of vaccine status, choosing to ignore the government's mandate and deal with the repercussions instead.
This Vietnamese café in Saint-Henri posted that it would be closing its dining room the day the vaccine passport came into effect.
Le Jerk Spot Montreal
In a video posted to Le Jerk Spot's Instagram page, owner Rex Patel says the team has made an "executive decision" not to check vaccine passports "because we don't believe in that." In order to still be legal, he said they will not allow customers to dine in the restaurant.
Caffè Roma, an Italian café in Villeray, posted that it would open its doors to vaccinated and non-vaccinated people while respecting health measures.
This Italian restaurant in Montreal-Nord said it's closing its dining room so as to not support "discrimination with a vaccine passport."
Le Petit Vibe
Côte-des-Neiges Hawaiian-Filipino restaurant Le Petit Vibe announced it would only be offering take-out and delivery due to the vaccine passport. Co-owner Willson Luu told MTL Blog that "everyone has their right to choose whether they wanted to get vaccinated" and that the government should hire its own "enforcers" instead of asking the restaurant industry to do the job.
Amelias Pizza on rue Milton said it would shut its dining room due to a combination of staff shortages and the "desire to respect the privacy" of its customers. It's still open for takeout and delivery.
Tony Campanelli, who owns Adamo's Pizzeria in Saint-Henri as well as Bar de Courcelle, posted an Instagram story saying, "We will continue to welcome all our clients [...] and vigorously contest all fines. It's not law until it's debated democratically." Adamo's Instagram account shared the same story.
Campanelli told MTL Blog that, as a take-out pizza counter, the restaurant was never required to scan its clients' QR codes. He also said the team agrees with most of the government's COVID-19 measures, but not the vaccine passport.
"We are not conspiracy theorists or anti-vaxxers. For the record, we are all fully vaccinated and work behind a glass barrier," he said. "What we stand against is being mandated to police our fellow citizens and clients. [...] There are more people in a metro car stuck together than there will ever be in any of our places, but the STM doesn't ask for passports."
It's important to note that Bar de Courcelle has posted that proof of vaccination is mandatory there.
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
It's September 1, 2021, which means Quebec's vaccine passport is officially up and running.
From now on, all Quebecers age 13 and up will be required to show proof of vaccination in order to get into certain non-essential businesses and to participate in certain activities.
However, while the vaccine passport enters force on September 1, there will be a grace period until September 15. Authorities will not give out penalties or fines during that period.
You can download your QR code proof of vaccination by visiting the health ministry's self-service portal. You can then upload the QR code to the province's VaxiCode app, have a PDF version on your phone, or print out a paper copy to show to businesses and events that require it.
Keep in mind that you will also need to show a photo ID along with your proof of vaccination.
You can read about the full list of businesses and activities that require the vaccine passport here.
It won't be required everywhere, however. You can read about which places won't ask for a vaccine passport here.
The pandemic has hit people in ways they may have never imagined before — and some more than others. A recent study conducted by Santé Montréal found that Montrealers' mental health was more affected by COVID-19 in Quebec than the rest of Quebecers.
"In February 2021, about 1 in 3 Montrealers who responded showed symptoms consistent with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) or probable depression, compared with about 1 in 5 respondents in the rest of Québec," the study stated.
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More specifically, some groups presented a higher proportion of symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), namely women, younger people, Anglophone, essential workers, and workers in the health and social services network.
The five main factors associated with GAD that people felt include strong feelings of loneliness, low level of social support, feelings of inconsistency, being a victim of stigmatization, and having experienced significant financial losses.
The overall findings of the study showed that "Montrealers' mental health seems to not be as good as before the pandemic. The situation in Montréal worsened between September and November 2020, then remained stable in February 2021."