Salmon Arm Companies Respond to BC's Vaccine Pass System - Keremeos Review

Some Salmon Arm companies are concerned about their young employees who may have to enforce BC’s vaccine passport, while others choose not to enforce the passport at all.

BC’s vaccination card will launch on September 13th when proof of vaccination dose is required for a variety of indoor activities (and patio dining). Two doses must be demonstrated for these activities by October 24th. For more information on the passport, visit the BC government website.

On August 27, BC Prime Minister John Horgan said companies should call the police about those who refuse to follow the vaccination record.

Aaron Soltys, co-owner of Sanctuary Games in downtown Salmon Arm, said the young people employed in his business just want to work at the local game store – rather than arguing with 40-year-olds about why they should obey government mandates or not.

“Most people are good and understanding, but there are outliers,” he said.

“I don’t know what people expect to change when they come here and yell at people, it wasn’t really our choice.”

Soltys said his employees had been yelled at several times for masked mandates and he now had a sign on his door asking people to share their problems with the BC government. to clarify

Although he doesn’t mind kicking people out himself, he said it was unfair to expect teenagers to become law enforcement officers.

Warren Gage is a chiropractor with Harbourfront Family Chiropractic, a company on the BC Businesses Against Health Pass list.

In an email, he said Harbourfront has always been a natural health care provider proud to call Salmon Arm home.

“In these challenging times, it’s important that people have a safe place to get help with their health problems … We continue to welcome all families to our chiropractic and natural health services office,” said Gage.

Kristin Fells is the owner of Hungry Panda, a local restaurant that was put on the Anti-Health Passport List without consent. She said some of her young employees are having a hard time enforcing mask requirements and she fears that it will be even more difficult for them to enforce vaccination records.

“Our main concern is that we don’t get our young, inexperienced employees to enforce the vaccination (passport) rule,” said Fells.

Fells said her company is doing its best to follow government guidelines.

“We don’t have any major problems with the restrictions that have fallen; We believe the province is doing its best to keep people safe. “

Dave Wallace is the general manager of Askew’s Foods. While grocery stores don’t need to enforce a vaccination certificate, he feels for businesses that do.

“Our employees have been harassed and verbally abused over the past year and a half by customers who disagreed with something that was beyond our control,” said Wallace.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Hungry Panda was on the BC Businesses Against Health Pass list. However, the company has since informed The Observer that it has been added to the list without consent.

With files from Lachlan Labere

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