Shopify to require staff to show proof of full vaccination before meeting up

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The chief executive of Shopify says any staff meeting up will need to show proof that they are fully vaccinated.

Tobi Lütke tweeted the announcement this week and says he made the decision "because science."

The co-founder of the Ottawa-based e-commerce giant has made a series of bold announcements and policy changes throughout the pandemic as Shopify moves toward a digital-by-default model he instituted last May.

At the time, Lütke said "office centricity is over" and that most Shopify staff will be allowed to work remotely on a permanent basis.

Shopify's vaccination policy comes as Quebec is preparing to bar unvaccinated people from non-essential public places such as restaurants and gyms on Sept. 1.

Meanwhile, Ottawa's two universities, uOttawa and Carleton, both announced this week they'll require all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated if they want to be on campus this fall.

SaaS North, one of the city's largest annual tech gatherings, also said this week it will ask for proof of vaccination for all in-person attendees at this year's event in November.

On Friday, the federal government announced it will require all federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

– With files from OBJ staff