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Visiting Ottawa safely during COVID-19

Last updated on February 24, 2021, and reviewed every weekday for accuracy.

Ottawa Tourism’s top priority is the health and safety of our community and our visitors. Currently Ottawa is in the “Orange” level, which means most businesses are open but involves enhanced restrictions and enforcement:

  • Indoor dining at restaurants and bars is permitted. Tables are restricted to 4 people maximum, the total number of guests allowed indoors is 50, establishments must close by 10:00pm, and contact information will be collected for the purpose of contact tracing;
  • Museums can reopen for visitors;
  • Performing arts centres and venues can operate with a maximum of 50 people per venue;
  • Most public events and festivals have turned into virtual events or have been cancelled.

Learn more about the province of Ontario's colour-coded system of COVID-19 restrictions.

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 passing time outdoors). We also recommend that you download the COVID Alert app.

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

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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