Vaccination Passports: Show Some Common Sense Please


Today is the day that the real crackdown on vaccine passports begins in Quebec. Initially the process began on the first of September, but with a two-week easing-in period. Now it’s down to brass tacks. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No official proof of full vaccination means no admittance to bars, restaurants and other public places. Period.

When I was a student I worked for several summers for the parks and recreation department of my town. To use the various recreational facilities – swimming pool, tennis courts, etc. – residents were required to obtain what was called a Recreation Permit (known to all as a pass). These passes were limited to city residents (tax payers) and those who volunteered as coaches and officials.

However, my fear is that this will become one of those situations where power goes to a person’s head

This pass had to be presented to the person who oversaw entry to the facility. In the case of tennis courts many users were regulars. As the student charged with tending the courts, you got to know many people who played numerous times a week. After asking for, and seeing a person’s pass several times it seemed silly to continue to ask. Unless, of course, your boss happened to be present!

The same is true of the vaccine passport. I frequent several Montreal pubs and restaurants. I know many members of staff in these establishments, many of them know me. I have shown my passport to all of them at one point, but many have stopped asking me, knowing that I have one.

Unfortunately this can be a touchy exercise that can lead to some confusion as non-regulars see regulars not being asked and feel slighted, or that they need not present their passport either. The solution: ask every patron, every day.

In addition to carrying out their usual work load, which in many cases has already been increased due to difficulty finding staff, they now have to scan guests’ passports

This checking process, at least during the day, is left up to bartenders and wait staff. In addition to carrying out their usual work load, which in many cases has already been increased due to difficulty finding staff, they now have to scan guests’ passports. Assuming they have one. If not they have to ask them to leave.

I hope that those who will have the responsibility of keeping an eye on this procedure, i.e. government inspectors, will be understanding of this concept of regular, recognized customers, and show some patience. However, my fear is that this will become one of those situations where power goes to a person’s head. You only have to cross the Canada USA border to understand that concept!

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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