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 250 people due to COVID-19, many events across Ottawa and Ontario have been cancelled.
What is allowed to reopen from May 19th:
What is allowed (whether businesses will reopen depends on the owner/city guidelines):
- Retail services that are not in shopping malls and have separate street-front entrances with measures in place that can enable physical distancing, such as limiting the number of customers in the store at any one time and booking appointments beforehand or on the spot.
- Seasonal businesses and recreational activities for individual or single competitors, including training and sport competitions conducted by a recognized national or provincial sport organization. This includes indoor and outdoor non-team sport competitions that can be played while maintaining physical distancing and without spectators, such as tennis, track and field and horse racing.
- Animal services, specifically pet care services, such as grooming and training, and regular veterinary appointments.
- Indoor and outdoor household services that can follow public health guidelines, such as housekeepers, cooks, cleaning and maintenance.
- Libraries for pick-up or delivery
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
- 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.
- Closed: Provincial Orders remain in effect prohibiting the use of play structures, swings, slides, splash and spray pads, wading pools and exercise equipment.
- Golf Courses are open
- Marinas, Boat Launches are open
- visitors can sit or walk on City-owned beaches
- Minto Skating Arena to Open from May 22.
- Backcountry camping and private camping
- Provincial parks and conservation areas.
- Drive-in theatres
- Curbside pick up for all retail stores inside malls
- Stores with a street entrance are open
- Indoor essential services in Malls.
- Hardware Stores
- Gardening Centres
- Lansdowne Farmers Market for Click and collect
- Closed: All tourist attractions and museums
Food & Grocery
- Grocery Stores Open
- Restaurants Open for Takeout
Ottawa Public Library
Starting Monday, June 8: Curbside Returns begins. Starting Monday, June 15: Curbside pickup of available holds begins by appointment
You can return your library material at these six (6) branch locations during the new hours of operations.
- Main branch
- Beaverbrook branch
- Cumberland branch
- Nepean Centrepointe branch
- Ruth E. Dickinson branch
- Greenboro branch
Returns of library items will only be accepted during hours of operations. All book drops remain closed. No appointments are required to drop off library items.
- Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Tuesday: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Thursday: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Sunday: CLOSED
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.