Information on how businesses are adapting and helping our community during this challenging time, and how you can safely enjoy our nation’s capital.
Last updated on July 7, 2020 but reviewed every weekday for accuracy
The impacts of COVID-19 are far-reaching and everyone plays a part in reducing its spread. To that end, Ottawa Tourism’s staff is working from home and most marketing efforts have been paused as the world continues to wrestle with this virus. Our thoughts are with everyone affected.
In Ottawa, restrictions are gradually lifting. Households can now expand their close contacts to a maximum of 10 people, so long as members of each “bubble” only have close contact with each other. Physical distancing (staying 2m/6 feet apart) is still expected for everyone outside that bubble, and masks must be worn in any indoor public space as of Tuesday, July 7. Select businesses such as restaurant patios, shops and malls, and hair salons/barbershops, so long as they adhere to provincial health and safety measures, have been given permission to reopen in accordance with the Province of Ontario’s Stage 2 plans (learn more on the Government of Ontario’s website). Large public events remain cancelled until at least August 31, 2020, though some have been postponed to later dates. You can learn more about the local situation on the Ottawa Public Health website.
Visit Things to do in Phase 2 and What’s Happening in the Ottawa Area for more information about what locals can get out and do in Ottawa or Ottawa’s Resilient Tourism Community to learn about how businesses are adapting and helping our community during this challenging time.
Learn more about the national (Canadian) response to COVID-19 on the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 webpage, and the provincial (Ontarian) response on Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 information page.
We encourage everyone to refer to official government sources of information, such as those mentioned above, as well as to follow the protocols that have been announced, such as frequently washing your hands with soap and water; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; keep at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people; and wearing a non-medical mask in enclosed public spaces and in situations where physical distancing is not possible.
We encourage locals to get out and rediscover their city by downloading the FREE #MyOttawa Pass that offers deals and discounts from more than 60 local businesses and we look forward to welcoming visitors to Ottawa in a safe and secure way.