Oakville restaurant retracts policy requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination status from customers


Published July 19, 2021 at 4:09 pm


A well-known Oakville restaurant in Kerr Village has retracted its “no jab, no tab” policy that required customers to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status before dining indoors.

Last week, the Moonshine Cafe, located at 137 Kerr St., came under fire for issuing this policy once the province entered Step 3 of its reopening plan on July 16.
However, during the evening of that same day, the restaurant decided to retract it.

“RETRACTION OF POLICY: I would like to state that my intention was not to create controversy and I thank those who engaged and those who took the time to speak with me,” stated the Moonshine Cafe in a post on their Facebook page.

“On the issues of privacy, human rights and discrimination I apologize to anyone who was offended. We are not open for indoor service as of today. Rest assured we will not be raising the subject of Vaccinations Status with patrons when we do open.”

This policy, followed by its retraction, caused several mixed reactions on social media.

“So because I cannot get vaccinated for legitimate medical reasons you will refuse me to enter your premises? My lawyer will be contacting you,” said a Facebook user on their page.

“So glad you’re understanding the impact of your first choice…admitting your error is a huge humbling experience… thank you,” said another Facebook user in a response to the retraction. 

The restaurant, that has been in business for 15 years, is best known for their nightly live entertainment.

Photo: The Moonshine Cafe’s Facebook page 

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