All Quebec SAQ and SQDCs to require COVID-19 vaccine passport: report

Jan 4 2022, 3:36 pm

Customers buying alcohol at the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) and cannabis at the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) might soon be asked to show their COVID-19 vaccine passport.

According to a report from the Journal de Montréal, Quebec Premier François Legault is set to announce the new requirements that essentially bars unvaccinated people from being served at provincially-run liquor and cannabis outlets.

Citing government sources, the Journal de Montréal says an announcement will be made this week to only allow vaccinated Quebecers access to SAQs and SQDCs.

The report didn’t share any details on the logistics, when the initiative could be put into place, or how and where vaccine passports will be scanned.

According to the Journal de Montréal, whereas customers will be required to present proof of vaccine, employers of SAQs and SQDCs will not be required to show vaccine proof to work for the province-run outlets.

Across Quebec, vaccine passports are currently required to access event venues, restaurants and bars, gyms, casinos, sporting events, and houses of worship — though all are closed as a result of Quebec’s latest wave of COVID-19 restrictions.

On Monday, Quebec reported more than 15,000 new coronavirus cases in a 24 hour period.

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