With the first day of the PEI Vax Pass coming to an end, some businesses and customers say it’s gone better than expected, while others say there have been issues.
At Receiver Coffee in Charlottetown, customers like John MacFarlane said it was quick, easy and worth it.
“I think it’s good. I think it will hopefully encourage more people to get vaccinated and everyone will feel more comfortable having everyone around them getting vaccinated,” MacFarlane said.
Another client, Amy McLean, said she was just doing her part to get things back to normal.
“I really felt a little bit safer taking my mask off, whereas before there were a few times when I would take my mask off and you don’t know who is vaccinated, who is not vaccinated,” he said. she declared.
Starting Tuesday, islanders must show proof of vaccination to enter businesses and non-essential events. A government-issued vaccination record with a driver’s license, for example, will work.
“I hope things will change”
Gyms are also on the list of companies where you must show your vaccination record.
The day went relatively well at the Atlantic Fitness Center in Charlottetown, says co-owner Chris MacPhee, although not all of his clients were happy with the new rule, and it led to people dropping their memberships.
“This has been important, regarding the loss of limbs in the last 24 hours,” he said.
“It’s something that we prepared to handle. We knew it was going to happen, and it’s unfortunate, but I hope things will change. Our doors [are] always open to the return of these people in the future.
They’ve been asking members for proof of vaccines for a few days now. They save it in their system and don’t have to ask for it again.
“It’s kind of a necessary evil unfortunately,” he said. “We knew we were going to have to do this, and you have to think a little more than yourself in these situations.”
Some bumps in the road
At Kettle Black, another Charlottetown café, co-owner Tatiana Zharkikh said the first day had a few hiccups.
A customer, ignoring the new rule, got angry, yelled and stormed out, she said.
Several more were caught off guard and staff had to show them how to find their immunization records online, which slowed down activities.
She would have appreciated more time to prepare for the new rule, she said.
“I think it was a bit rushed,” she said.
“I don’t think we’ve had enough time. I know there are resources, emails and all, but when you’re a small business you go through so much. And sometimes it’s very. hard to stay on top of anything. “