A new website aims to help Ontarians navigate the rest of the COVID-19 pandemic safely by providing a list of businesses that have fully immunized staff or require customers to show proof of vaccination.
Toronto attorney Brandon Mattalo, who works mostly independently in commercial litigation, created a website called SafeTo-Do. It went live 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 about entering this third phase in Ontario. I think they appreciate the information,” he said on Sunday. “People have different risk tolerances. I just wanted the information to be available so that people can make decisions within their individual risk tolerances.”
He said, “I think people want this information. And I thought it would be useful to centralize it in an easy-to-see format and for people to see it. There’s really no guidance on what businesses should be doing.” “
Mattalo said the idea for the website came about because he wanted to find a gym that required vaccinations for employees and customers. Gyms opened on Friday as Ontario entered Phase 3 of the province’s reopening plan.
The website, launched after GoodLife Fitness announced this week, will no longer require proof of vaccination from its employees and members.
‘It didn’t mean anything political’
However, Mattalo says he has received his share of negativity online in response to his newly launched website.
He said messages have been received from those opposing the use of face masks to prevent transmission of the virus, those opposing the use of vaccinations to develop immunity against infectious disease and those opposing the concept of vaccination passports, which is a document. Evidence that the holder has received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Those opposing lockdown measures in Ontario also send him messages.
Some who messaged him threatened to target the businesses on the list, saying he would not patronize them and give them bad online reviews.
“It was not meant to be anything political,” he said. “At first it looked like there was a lot of negativity in it. But now it’s gone. I think it was a lot of online troll type stuff. Now it’s a lot more positive.”
Restaurants experience backlash for vaccine policy plan
Jacob Wharton-Schukster, owner of Restaurant Chantecolor, a French restaurant and butcher shop in Toronto, said he is looking at asking customers who are indoor six at his establishment to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Want to sit in one of the bar seats. His business is one of 19 listed on the website.
“Some positive comments but mostly really offensive, negative comments,” he made a comment on Twitter about the plan.
Wharton-Schukster said he responded to the comments in a measured and balanced fashion but the response to his responses was “not in good faith.”
He said it is the responsibility of the Ontario government to provide public health guidance to businesses about whether they require employees and customers to provide proof of vaccination.
“The inaction of the government has forced us to make the policy ourselves. They have passed the political football from the government, which should be accompanied by responsibility, to the individual and to the business owners, which is incredibly unfair,” he said.
“It has put us in a position where we have to bear the brunt of the burden and force from a very vocal minority against vaccination and against public health.”
Wharton-Schukster said it is “horrifying” that their business is at risk.
Businesses may clear or delete information on the website
The SafeTO-Do website says: “This is a list of locations in Ontario that have vaccine policies for customers and/or announcements about their employees’ vaccination status, so you can make an informed decision about whether you want to Where do you feel safe?
The website lists the city in which a business is located, its type of business, its name, its vaccination status, notes about policy and customer requirements, the website address and a link to an online announcement that the business has issued for its about vaccination policies.
Business owners listed on the Website may make suggestions, clarify the information submitted, or have their names removed by sending a Twitter message to the Website.