New website aims to help Ontarians by listing businesses that require proof of vaccination


A new website aims to help Ontarians navigate safely through the rest of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing them with a list of businesses that have fully vaccinated staff or require customers to show proof of vaccination.

Brandon Mattalo, a Toronto lawyer who works primarily in commercial litigation in a freelance capacity, created the website, SafeTO-Do. It was uploaded last week. A Twitter account, @safetodo, announces new additions to the website.

Mattalo said the idea came from a desire to help residents and businesses.

“I think people are cautiously optimistic as we approach this third stop in Ontario. I think they appreciate having this information,” he said on Sunday. “People have different risk tolerances. I just wanted to make the information available so people can make decisions within their own risk tolerances.”

“I think people want this information. And I just thought that centralizing it in an easy to read and navigate format would be helpful for people. There isn’t really any advice on what businesses should do.” , he added.

Mattalo said the idea for the website came about because he wanted to find a gym with vaccination requirements for staff and customers. Gyms opened on Friday when Ontario entered Stage 3 of the province’s plan to reopen.

The website was launched after GoodLife Fitness announced this week that it will not require proof of vaccination from its staff and members.

“It wasn’t meant to be political”

Mattalo, however, says he’s received his fair share of online negativity in response to his new website.

He said he received messages from those who oppose the use of face masks to prevent transmission of the virus, from those who oppose the use of vaccination to develop immunity against infectious diseases and from those who oppose the concept of a vaccination passport, a document that is proof that the holder has received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Those who oppose lockdowns in Ontario are also sending him messages.

Some people who texted him threatened to target the companies on the list, saying they wouldn’t patronize them and give them bad reviews online.

“It wasn’t meant to be political,” he said. “At first there seemed to be a lot of negativity. But then it’s kinda off now. I think it was a lot of troll-like stuff online. It’s a lot more positive now.”

Restaurant suffers backlash against vaccine policy plan

Jacob Wharton-Shukster, owner of Restaurant Chantecler, a French restaurant and butcher’s shop in Toronto, said he plans to ask patrons who wish to sit on one of his establishment’s six indoor bar seats to show proof COVID-19 vaccination program. His company is one of 19 listed on the website.

Chantecler Restaurant in Toronto, a French restaurant and butcher shop, is one of 19 businesses listed on the SafeTO-Do website. (SRC)

A comment he made on Twitter about the plan elicited “some positive comments but mostly very aggressive negative comments.”

Wharton-Shukster said he responded to the comments in a measured and balanced manner, but that the responses to his responses were “not in good faith.”

He said it is the responsibility of the Ontario government to provide public health advice to businesses on whether or not they should require staff and customers to provide proof of vaccination.

“The government’s inaction has forced us to adopt policy ourselves. They have transferred political football from the government, with whom the responsibility should lie, to the individual and the business owners, which is incredibly unfair “, did he declare.

“It has put us in a situation where we have to bear the burden and the weight of the strength of the very vocal minority of people who are against vaccination and against public health.”

Wharton-Shukster said it was “scary” to see his business threatened.

Jacob Wharton-Shukster, owner of Restaurant Chantecler in Toronto, said: “The government’s inaction has forced us to adopt a policy on our own. They have passed political football from the government, who should be responsible, to the individual and to the business owners, which is incredibly unfair. (SRC)

Businesses can clarify or remove information from the website

The SafeTO-Do website states, “This is a list of places in Ontario that have vaccination policies for clients and / or announcements about the immunization status of their staff, so you can take a look. informed decision about where you feel safe. “

The website lists the city a business is located in, its type of business, name, notes on vaccination status, policy and customer requirements, website address, and a link to an ad. online that the company made about its vaccination policies.

Business owners listed on the website can make suggestions, clarify the information presented, or have their names removed by sending Twitter messages to the website.


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