A Revelstoke movie theater owner thinks proof of vaccination could be a big boost to his business when the warrant goes into place on September 13.
Greg Rose, owner and operator of The Roxy, said requiring proof of vaccination will help improve his business and believes the transition will be smooth.
“Frankly, if I can’t be stuck with 50 people in my facility, it makes my life easier,” Rose said. “I am convinced that this is a better solution.”
A point of public contention with the implementation of proof of vaccination cards is the possibility for companies to verify said proof upon entering their establishment. In the case of The Roxy, they already have a pre-existing strategy for checking in on clients when they enter the theater.
“We already have a ticket booth, which is similar to identifying people when they walk into a bar,” Rose said. “We can check their ticket and vaccination passport at the same time before they cross the threshold.”
Rose and Revelstoke Mayor Gary Sulz both said there was a lack of clarity from the provincial government on a set of established universal rules, and expected more guidance before September 13.
“There isn’t a lot of clarity or a definite plan at the moment,” Sulz said. “We have to make sure people are doubly vaccinated. “
Premier John Horgan and provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the new measures on August 30, citing statistics that show 90% of new coronavirus cases are in people who have not been fully vaccinated.
The vaccination card goes into effect on September 13, with a dose of vaccine required to enter many non-essential locations, including paid indoor events, bars and restaurants, and fitness centers. As of October 24, customers will need to be fully immunized.