Client Registers in Bars: What Info Must You Provide?

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Due to COVID-19, bar owners will once again have to keep a register of clients this summer. So, if you’re planning to have a pint in a bar, you can expect to be asked to provide some personal information. But what do you have to provide? 

What will you have to provide?  

If you visit a bar this summer, you’ll have to provide your name, telephone number and email address, if you have one.   

The person in the bar who collects this info must explain: 

  • why this info is being collected, 
  • how long this information will be kept on file, 
  • the measures in place to protect your personal information, and 
  • your right to have access to this information and to correct it.

Where will this info be sent?  

This information can only be sent to a public health agency or a person authorized to act on their behalf. The goal is to make it easier for public health authorities to investigate outbreaks. 

It is illegal for this information to be used by anyone else or for any other purpose. For example, a bar owner could not use your email address to send you a flyer.  

How long will the info be kept on file?  

The bar owner must destroy the info 30 days after it was collected. Once that time has passed, the info is no longer of use to public health authorities.