- On Friday, MLA Janice Morley-Lecomte tried to receive lunch without presenting proper proof of vaccination.
- Restaurants in Manitoba have been forced to check for proof of immunization for dine-in customers, Since September.
According to a Winnipeg restaurant owner, MLA Janice Morley-Lecomte tried to receive lunch on Friday without displaying appropriate proof of immunization, which has been a requirement in Manitoba for months.
Wendy May said the PC MLA provided a printed-out paper when her Oakwood Café in south Osborne staff asked for her immunization card.
While the paper looked to represent Morley-immunization Lecomte’s record, it lacked a QR code that could be scanned to verify its authenticity, according to May.
Since September, restaurants in Manitoba have been forced to check for proof of immunization for dine-in customers. The Manitoba Immunization Card and the Pan-Canadian Proof of Vaccination Credential contain scannable codes listed as acceptable forms on the government’s website.
When May’s team told Morley-Lecomte she’d have to choose one of those possibilities; the elected official told them they were wrong about the regulations.
“Then [she] responded, ‘I’m an MLA,’ and informed us we were wrong, although we showed her the information printed directly from Shared Health, which specifies province-by-province what is [an] accepted form of vaccine proof,” May recalled.
“She wasn’t obnoxious or nasty in any way. It was just one of those occasions where I felt it didn’t matter who you were or whether you were an MLA. If the prime minister entered without sufficient evidence, he would be asked to leave as well.”
Morley-Lecomte, who has represented the Seine River riding since 2016, claimed she left the restaurant after providing the waitress a printed copy of her evidence of vaccination, which she claims she has shown at other places.
“I regret if there was a mistake. I had presented the printed record at restaurants and other establishments where verification of vaccination status was necessary, and it had been accepted each time. “In an emailed statement, she claimed.
“I was able to download the QR code to my phone as a result.”
In a statement, Morley-Lecomte stated that she is fully inoculated against COVID-19.
The province expects all Manitobans, including elected officials, to follow and respect public health commands “in place to protect Manitobans from the effects of COVID-19 and also to ensure the health system can remain to care for those in need,” according to an emailed statement from the premier’s spokesperson.
May said she would have treated anyone trying to eat in her restaurant without obeying the guidelines the same way, especially because business violators face a $5,000 fine.
Source: CBC News
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