Zucchinis Cucina, an Italian restaurant based in Oakville, Ontario, recently announced on social media that it will still welcome guests who are yet to have their COVID-19 vaccine shots despite the mandatory vaccine passport system imposed by the provincial government.
A day after Ontario’s vaccine passport system took effect last Wednesday, Zucchinis Cucina posted two signs on social media that they are accepting “every and anyone” even with the said vaccine passport system already in place.
The government enacted the province’s mandatory vaccine passport system to curb the number of test-positive COVID-19 cases in the region. It involves proof of vaccination to be admitted and to participate in public establishments and events, including indoor dining places.
Concerning this new protocol, restaurants that cannot confirm a patron’s vaccination status may be fined $1,000 and may also be charged and convicted based on the same grounds.
Both of Zucchinis Cucina’s signs highlighted the message that the restaurant does not “discriminate against any customer based on sex, gender, race, creed, age, location, vaccinated or unvaccinated.” One also emphasized that all customers “who wish to patronize are welcome in our establishment.”
Zucchinis Cucina also captioned its social media post with the reminder that it “is not about being ‘anti-vaxx’ [or] ‘pro-vaxx’,” but being Canadian citizens who love the country.