Some restaurants on PEI are facing an increase in disturbed customers following the rollout of the provincial Vax Pass this week.
Anyone who wants to eat at a restaurant now must provide proof of vaccination.
The general manager of Michaels Pizzeria in Summerside, Robert Gallant, said his staff should deal with disturbed people when they ask to see customers’ evidence of vaccination.
“It should not be up to us to do that. We are short-staffed right now, you know it’s hard enough trying to find people to work right now. And to try to put people in place to staff the door to make sure someone is there all the time so they do not slip past us … it will not be fun, ”Gallant said.
The new requirement has not just caused tensions between staff and customers. Arguments have broken out between patrons with proof of vaccination and those who refuse to show it.
Gallant said an argument Thursday night scared one of his younger employees. He is concerned about the safety of staff, he said.
“To fight in my dining room she was scared, she was literally scared, and that’s not true.”
It has also been a challenging week at other restaurants.
Sam’s restaurant in Cornwall has experienced a decline in business since the claim.
The business fell about 20 percent this week, owner Fadi Rashed said.
“The first days were really tough. There was a big drop. I felt that our demographic group is families and older customers, seniors. I felt they did not have enough time and they did not get proper guidance on how to print their vaccine passes, “Rashed said.
Sam’s staff say business is starting to pick up speed and they expect things to get better.
“This happens every time the government introduces some kind of new regulation, you see a big drop. It takes us time to catch up, people to get used to it, then they start coming back,” Rashed said.
Some restaurants only switch to take-out.
Michaels Pizzeria said it would hurt their business even more and it is a last resort