The primary focus for Ottawa Police Services and By-law and Regulatory Services is awareness and education.
While gatherings over five people are legally prohibited, it is imperative that we all follow recommendations for physical (social) distancing and avoid crowds and maintain a distance of two metres (six feet) from those around you. For more information, please visit Ottawa Public Health.
Physical distancing is a recommendation from public health agencies to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is not Federal or Provincial law and is not something that can be enforced by Police or By-Law.
Ottawa By-law Officers have been given the ability to enforce new rules under the Ontario Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act related to physical distancing
Officers will take a progressive enforcement approach; with the initial goal to educate residents and businesses about these laws and their importance to public health.
By-law and Regulatory Services (BLRS) enforce:
- Gatherings of more than five people. 10 people are permitted for funerals.
- Gatherings in City of Ottawa parks, including the use of play structures
- Restaurants that are offering dine-in options to its customers. Take-out services are permitted.
- Business that are open without an exemption
Failure to comply could result in fines under the provincial Act of up to $100,000 for individuals, $500,000 for a director of a corporation or $10-million for a corporation itself.
Residents should call 3-1-1 if they have concerns.
Ottawa Police Services will enforce the Quarantine Act that requires any person entering Canada by air, sea or land to self-isolate for 14 days whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19. Individuals who exhibit symptoms will be issued a red card by Canada Border Protection Services.
Individuals who work to ensure the continued flow of goods and services, and those who provide essential services are exempt from the order.
Self-isolation for travellers who return to Canada does permit them to leave their house for fresh air or exercise if they are symptom free, as long as they maintain physical distancing of two metres.
Residents can call 613-236-1222 ext. 7502.