As Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. David Williams has recommended the immediate suspension of all large events and public gatherings of over 10 people due to COVID-19, many events across Ottawa and Ontario have been cancelled.
For activities to do during COVID-19 in Ottawa, see
What is allowed to reopen from July 17th:
Gathering Limits from July 17th – 50 Indoors and 100 Outdoors
List: Restaurants will be permitted to resume indoor services. Bars and night clubs will be allowed to serve food and host live entertainment, but dancing will not be allowed indoors.
Fitness facilities, movie theatres, casinos, performance venues and conference centres.
Personal care services can expand to include facial contact — though saunas and steam rooms are still banned under the new rules.
A handful of services and business types remain banned under the relaxed regulations, including amusement and water parks, restaurant buffet service, overnight children’s camps and private karaoke rooms.
WHAT IS OPEN & CLOSED IN OTTAWA
Unless mentioned as closed, all locations are open.
Parks & Outdoors
- City Parks for walking and hiking
- Baseball diamonds
- Soccer fields
- Frisbee golf locations
- Platform tennis
- Table tennis and pickleball courts
- Basketball courts
- BMX parks
- Skate parks
- Sportsfields and ball diamonds are open as of June 13 and, along with outdoor public courts, will be available to book for groups of 10 or less.
- Beaches – The City plans to begin water quality testing and to have lifeguards on duty at municipal beaches daily from noon to 7 pm starting June 27 until August 30, 2020.
- Off-leash dog areas are open – Enclosed off-leash dog areas in City parks have now reopened. You can also walk your dog in a park’s greenspace, as long as you follow the park’s designation.
- Restrictions on benches, picnic tables and gazebos have also been relaxed, but physical distancing is required.
- Golf Courses are open
- Marinas, Boat Launches are open
- visitors can sit or walk on City-owned beaches
- Minto Skating Arena
- Splash pads across the City will begin to reopen over the week of June 15th.
- Backcountry camping and private camping
- Provincial parks and conservation areas.
- Effective June 18 the Terry Fox Athletic Facility will open with limited access for recognized organizations and athletes affiliated at the National and Provincial level for track and field only. The facility will remain closed for all other services.
- Drive-in theatres
- Washrooms at Andrew Haydon Park, Britannia Park, Westboro Beach, Mooney’s Bay Beach and Petrie Island Beaches
- All shopping centres, malls and markets may open from June 12th except movie theatres, Dine-in at indoor food courts is prohibited. Food services and restaurants with mall-only entrances may open for outdoor dining spaces, delivery and takeout.
- Hardware Stores
- Gardening Centres
- Lansdowne Farmers Market
- Personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons;
- Byward Market from June 18th.
- Allowed to open: Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos outdoor heritage institutions (e.g., landmarks, outdoor historic sites, botanical gardens), and other establishments primarily engaged in preserving and exhibiting objects, sites and natural wonders of historical, cultural and educational value are permitted to reopen with restrictions.
- Allowed to open: Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries;
- Ottawa Art Gallery
- Canadian Museum of History is open with free admission during weekends.
- The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum: July 30-31 (Members), August 1 (Public)
- The Canada Aviation and Space Museum: August 6-7 (Members), August 8 (Public)
- The Canada Science and Technology Museum: August 12-13 (Members), August 14 (Public)
- Canadian War Museum is open with free admission Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- National Gallery of Canada is open starting July 18th.
- Watson’s Mill in Manotick
- Upper Canada Village
- Little Ray’s Nature Centre is open for private tours.
- City of Ottawa Museums in July Date TBA
- Movie Theatres allowed to reopen on July 17th.
- Mayfair theatre open
- Bytowne Cinema
Food & Grocery
- Grocery Stores Open
- Restaurants Open for Takeout
- Restaurants, bars, food trucks and other food and drink establishments (e.g., wineries, breweries and distilleries) can open for dining in outdoor areas only, such as patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent premises.
- Lansdowne patios are open from June 12th – LOCAL Lansdowne, Milestones, Crust & Crate, JOEY Lansdowne, CRAFT Beer Market, Jack Astor’s and Sunset Grill, Craft Beer Market from June 16th.
Ottawa Public Library
OPL offers contactless returns and holds pickup service at select branches, during new hours of operation.
RETURNS will be accepted only during hours of operation, no appointment necessary. Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
HOLDS PICKUP: As of July 27, appointments are no longer needed to pick up holds, except at Rosemount (temporary location). You can pick up your available holds during opening hours at branches offering contactless service.
Contactless service is currently offered at following branches:
Ruth E. Dickinson
Rosemount (temporary location) will offer curbside service starting Monday, July 27. Holds pickups are by appointment only at this location.
City Services & Other Facilities
- Closed:All publically funded schools closed in Ontario through end of summer.
- Closed:All City-managed recreation and cultural facilities, and all Ottawa Public Library branches .
- Closed: All recreation and cultural facilities, including recreation complexes, community centers, arenas, swimming pools, theatres and museums.
- Transit open, Masks are mandatory for riders on OC Transpo buses and the O-Train starting June 15.