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Fact Check: Can unvaccinated people shop in Canadian grocery stores?

Quick Take

Social media users and a media website claim that unvaccinated people are not allowed inside Canadian grocery stores. We fact-checked and found the claim to be false.

The Claim

“No Jab, No Food: Canadian Province Imposes New Regulations to Ban Unvaccinated from Grocery Stores” reads a blog. The blog further claims, “Since Saturday, people in New Brunswick, Canada are now required to show proof of full vaccination in public. Failure to provide proof of full vaccination will result in citizens being barred from entering grocery stores to buy food.”

Moreover, a video has been shared multiple times on social media that shows a woman criticising the Canadian government for saying no vaccination means no food. The archived version of the blog and the video can be seen here and here

Fact Check

What are the Covid-19 guidelines for Canadian retail or business?

The Government of New Brunswick, Canada, recommends physical distancing of two metres or open up with half capacity in addition to physical distancing. Moreover, the website suggests retail of essential items and contactless pickup or delivery at home of non-essential retail in case of high alert.

Do Canadian grocery stores require proof of vaccination?

No evidence indicates that the Canadian government requires proof of vaccination for entry into grocery stores. Also, there is no known case of unvaccinated people being banned from entering a grocery store.

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