Ford government officials have insisted that they have no plans to introduce a vaccine passport that individuals would have to produce to partake in non-essential activities but Filmores on Dundas Street East has decided to take matters into its own hands by asking patrons their vaccination status as a condition of entry. The Ontario government ordered the closure of all strip clubs in September and they have remained shuttered since then. Prior to their closure officials with Toronto Public Health raised concerns about contact tracing at adult entertainment facilities after discovering that hundreds of people who attended a strip club on Bloor Street West had given incomplete and, in some cases, bogus information. For that reason, he said that all adult entertainment facilities in the city held a joint discussion on reopening and agreed to put an identical policy in place requiring that patrons be vaccinated under the belief that it will give them a better shot at remaining open.
Toronto strip clubs mark latest sector to require COVID-19 vaccinations for attendance
This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. As Ontario prepares for Step 3 of its reopening on Friday, vaccination status will be top of mind for employers, employees and the Torontonians who frequent their establishments. Some businesses may be wondering if they can compel their workers to get vaccinated; employees may not be fully aware of their rights; and consumers may be unsure if they can enter a business and demand to know whether employees are vaccinated. The establishment has declared all of its staff have received double vaccinations, and it will be requiring customers to declare the same before being allowed in when it reopens Friday. Staff will still be wearing masks, while patrons will be required to do so upon entry.
Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first. Opening Friday afternoon is Filmores, a strip club in downtown Toronto that has, for months, been barred from providing adult entertainment as a result of restrictions imposed by the Ontario government. Kaspar Cameron, the entertainment manager for the business, said the move into Step 3 is welcome for the company and for the industry, arguing the sector has been discriminated against. Cameron said their patrons will be required to have at least one dose since dancers and staff will be wearing masks.