PRINCE ALBERT – The owner of the Loon Lake Hotel does not allow unvaccinated guests inside the hotel and bar.
âPeople are dying. It’s a proven fact, âsaid Ray Lussier. “I choose my life, my wife’s life, just everyone’s life.”
It offers non-vaccinated guests alcoholic beverages and take-out meals only.
He says he has health issues and has smoked for almost 50 years and believes he might not live if he contracts COVID-19 and had to be put on a ventilator.
He also asked his unvaccinated friends and family not to come to his home.
âI believe in being vaccinated. It worked for polio, âhe said.
The hotel reopened on July 11. Lussier says he chose to shut the business down for eight months to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Lussier redesigned the bar seats to allow for physical distance, including six-foot spacing between the VLTs. The hotel bar has a capacity of 176 people.
Lussier says he also asked all of his employees to get vaccinated – one of whom resigned because of his position.
This former staff member, Alicia MacIntosh, told CTV News she was uncomfortable refusing service because of the vaccination.
âIt was really very stressful. I was worried about the backlash due to privacy. It causes a lot of stress and controversy.
She said Lussier suggested that people who were not fully vaccinated wear a mask at the scene or deny them entry.
âPeople who cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons, religious beliefs. How do you repel them? “
However, requiring staff to be vaccinated appears to violate provincial labor regulations.
Under the Saskatchewan Employment Act, employers are not permitted to request personal health information, such as proof of vaccination, unless this has been previously determined in an employment contract, Sameema said. Haque, executive director of employment standards at the Ministry of Labor Relations and Occupational Safety.
âVaccines and tests are personal health information, employers are not permitted under the Saskatchewan Employment Act to obtain this information from an employee,â Haque said.
She recommends that employers seek legal advice before asking employees for personal health information and review the privacy legislation in the Health Information Protection Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. .
According to the Department of Health, of the 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 reported in June, more than 80% were in unvaccinated people.