Businesses across Canada considering proof of COVID-19 vaccination: privacy lawyer

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TORONTO — A Toronto-based privacy lawyer says businesses across Canada are considering putting policies in place that would require customers to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination before receiving service.

Molly Reynolds says businesses from almost every industry have been approaching her because they say they want to protect customers and employees as public health restrictions lift across the country.

She says customers can provide a document that proves they received their COVID-19 jab or businesses can ask customers about their vaccination status.

Reynolds says businesses considering such a policy should be able to show that the privacy infringement is worth it if it protects communal health.

Colin Hall, co-owner of a yoga studio in Regina, says he has received an overwhelming amount of support from people since he announced that the business requires that customers provide proof of vaccination.

Hall says he has received more than 500 messages of support from people who think the new rule will keep them and their neighbours safe.