Major's Hill Park, view of Parliament, Cycling

Visiting Ottawa safely during COVID-19

Last updated on May 3, 2021, and reviewed every weekday for accuracy.

Ottawa Tourism’s top priority is the health and safety of our community and our visitors. The entire province of Ontario, including Ottawa, is currently under a state of emergency and a stay-at-home order through at least May 19, 2021, which means enhanced restrictions:

  • People are asked to stay at home except for essential reasons;
  • Access between Ontario and Québec is limited to essential travel only;
  • Indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants is prohibited but restaurants can continue to offer take-out, drive-through, and delivery;
  • The majority of non-essential retailers are limited to curbside pick-up and delivery only;
  • Closure of museums and attractions;
  • Closure of tour and guide services;
  • Closure of golf courses;
  • Public events and festivals have pivoted to becoming virtual events or have been cancelled.

Learn more about the province of Ontario's Provincewide Emergency Brake and Stay-at-Home Order.

We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Ottawa once restrictions are lifted. As the situation changes frequently, if you have a question about a specific attraction or event, we recommend visiting their website or social media feeds directly.  

We encourage everyone to refer to official government sources of information (see below), and please follow health and safety protocols, such as: frequently washing your hands with soap and water; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; staying at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people; and wearing a mask in enclosed public spaces and in situations where physical distancing is not possible (including when outdoors). We also recommend that you download the COVID Alert app

For additional COVID-19 related information, visit the following websites:

Information for meeting planners and business travelers during COVID-19 

Ottawa Public Health 

Gatineau Public Health 

Government of Ontario 

Government of Canada 


Ottawa Tourism has been awarded the #SafeTravels Stamp, which recognizes organizations that have adopted standardized protocols regarding health and hygiene. This exemplifies the organization’s commitment to the safety and wellbeing of the destination, its residents and community members, and of Ottawa Tourism’s clients and stakeholders.

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