Saskatoon restaurant manager says ‘99%’ of customers ‘satisfied’ with vax rules have disappeared

On Monday, Shirley Rosenfeldt ate at a restaurant for the first time since Saskatchewan’s proof-of-vaccination policy took effect.

“It’s really nice,” Rosenfeldt said while having lunch at Wendel Clark’s Classic Grill and Bar with a friend.

“I can’t say I missed it that much.”

As of 12:01 a.m. Monday, proof of vaccination or a negative test is no longer required to enter certain businesses and other public places.

The province adopted the policy Oct. 1, in a bid to get more residents vaccinated during the Delta wave.

“I’ve been asking people all weekend how they feel and 99% of them are happy it’s gone. There are still some who are a bit wary. I’ve asked almost every tables that came in,” said general manager Gary Baba. .

“A few tables said they wouldn’t come when it was a busy time, but they would come anyway,” Baba said.

Fitness Focus also welcomes clients they haven’t seen in four or five months.

“So far I haven’t encountered any real hesitation,” manager Garret Blackwell said.

“I feel good, I think everyone around us is feeling good, I think it’s time for this to happen,” client Hannah Walton said.

Masking in indoor spaces will remain in place until the end of the month.

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