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Provincial and City rules

Face masks

Masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces. Masks are mandatory in the common areas of condominium and apartment buildings. You also need to wear a mask while on the O-Train, OC Transpo buses, taxis and private transportation vehicles. Full details can be found in the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law.

Social gatherings

The Province of Ontario and Ottawa Public Health recommend that you limit close physical contact to people within your household. Find more information on the latest social gathering recommendations.

How many people can I legally have at a residential gathering?

  • Indoors: 10 people
  • Outdoors: 25 people

Screening requirements

Effective February 10, the person responsible for a business or organization that is open is required to:

  • post signs at all entrances to the premises of the business or organization, in a conspicuous location visible to the public, that inform individuals how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entering the premises
  • actively screening every person who works at the business or organization before they enter the premises of the business or organization

Restaurants, bars, meeting and event spaces

Effective February 16, indoor food and drink service is permitted under strict conditions including:

  • 50-person indoor capacity limit
  • Limit operating hours, establishments and their patios close for dine-in between 10 pm and 5 am (take out and pick-up permitted to continue).
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Require contact information for dine-in customers
  • Limit of four people may be seated together
  • Tents on patios must have at least two sides open.
  • Closure of strip clubs
  • No buffet style service
  • Music, dancing, karaoke and live performances allowed with restrictions

Sports, exercise classes and gyms

For more information, visit Sports fields and outdoor recreation.

Effective February 16, indoor gyms and fitness centres may open with restrictions, including:

  • Maximum 50 people per facility, 10 people per class
  • Limit duration of stay (90 minutes at a time unless engaged in a sport)
  • No spectators permitted (exemption for parent/guardian supervision of children)
  • Team or individual sports must be modified to avoid physical contact
  • Face coverings required except when exercising
  • Increase spacing between patrons to 3 m for areas of a sport or recreational facility where there are weights/weight machines and exercise/fitness classes
  • Require contact information for every member of the public who enters facility
  • Require appointments for entry; one reservation for teams
  • Masks must be worn around all public outdoor rinks and toboggan hills.
  • City to enforce no sledding rules at Mooney’s Bay hill

Religious services, weddings and funerals

Places of worship are permitted to open with face masks and physical distancing measures in place. Attendance is limited to no more than 30 per cent of the building capacity.

Retail

For about a comprehensive list of regulations around retail businesses, visit the province’s COVID-19 public health measures and restrictions web page.

Effective February 16, retail businesses may open with restrictions, including:

  • Fitting rooms must be limited to nonadjacent stalls
  • Line-ups/patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue
  • 2m distance and face covering required
  • Limit volume of music to be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation

Personal care services

Effective February 16, personal care services may open with restrictions, including:

  • Services requiring removal of face coverings prohibited
  • Change rooms & showers closed
  • Steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools, floating pools and sensory deprivation pods closed
  • Require contact information for every patron

Cinemas

Effective February 16, cinemas may open with restrictions, including:

  • Maximum limit of 50 indoors
  • Maximum limit of 100 outdoors
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information for every patron
  • Face coverings except when eating or drinking only
  • Drive-in cinemas permitted to operate, subject to restrictions

Performing arts facilities

Effective February 16, performing arts facilities may open with restrictions, including:

  • 50 spectators indoors, 100 spectators outdoors with 2m physical distance maintained
  • Singers and players of wind or brass instruments must be separated from spectators by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier
  • Performers and employees must maintain 2 m physical distance except for purposes of the performance
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information of every spectator or other person who enters the venue

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

Effective February 16, casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments may open with restrictions, including:

  • Capacity cannot exceed 50 persons
  • Table games are prohibited, unless exception is granted by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.
  • Face coverings except when eating or drinking only
  • Require contact information from all patrons

Parking enforcement during COVID-19

Motorists should continue to follow all posted signage when parking and insert payment when utilizing pay and display zones.

Regular parking enforcement operations in residential areas have resumed.

Parking limits in unsigned areas are three hours, Monday to Friday, between 7 am and 7 pm, and six hours on weekends and statutory holidays, between 7 am and 7 pm.

Enforcement of overtime parking on streets without posted signs will only occur on a complaint basis.

Parking enforcement ensures safety, traffic flow, emergency vehicle access and parking space availability as services begin to reopen and normal traffic patterns resume. It is also necessary to resume the enforcement of overtime parking on residential streets in preparation for snow clearing operations during the winter months.