Oakville restaurant says it won’t “discriminate” against unvaccinated customers

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Published September 24, 2021 at 10:41 am

An Oakville restaurant appears on the verge of becoming the new headquarters for anti-vaxxers.

On Thursday (September 24), Zucchinis Cucina shared a post on social media that appears to violate the Province’s recent mandate regarding proof of vaccination.

“We do not discriminate against any customer based on sex, gender, race, creed, age, location, vaccinated or not vaccinated,” reads a sign shared by the restaurant’s social media accounts. “Anyone who supports the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Bill of Rights is welcome.”

As of September 22, restaurants are required to check patrons’ proof of vaccination before they can eat inside (patio dining does not require proof of vaccination).

While the sign doesn’t explicitly say staff will not be checking for proof of vaccination, many anti-vaxxers have been commending the restaurant under the assumption that it will not comply with Provincial regulations.

“Finally someone with compassion for all people and who is trying to overcome society’s division. We will definitely be eating at your restaurant,” Diana Smiciklas commented on the image the restaurant posted to Facebook.

Dozens more comments from anti-vaxxers lauding the decision made by the owners appear under the post, which was shared to the restaurant’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

However, not everyone who has commented has been supportive.

“Just seeing the pic with you and Chris Sky I will never ever step into your restaurant! I hope you get so many fines that you have to close down. Have a nice day,” Maria Grego commented under the restaurant’s Instagram post.

Under the Province’s current regulations, businesses that don’t comply with the proof of vaccination mandate could receive a fine starting at $1,000 and ranging all the way to $10 million for incorporated businesses.

Cover photo courtesy of Zucchinis Cucina vai Facebook

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