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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 and, if necessary, one or two additional supports. Those who live alone may consider having close contact with one additional household. Find more information on the latest social gathering recommendations.

Restaurants and bars

Effective October 10, indoor food and drink service is prohibited in bars, restaurants and food courts. Outdoor dining and take-out options remain available.

Places of Worship

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.

Additional impacted services

The following businesses and services are also closed:

  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
  • Indoor cinemas
  • Performing arts centres and venues
  • Spectator areas in racing venues
  • Interactive exhibits or exhibits with high risk of personal contact in museums, galleries, science centres, landmarks, etc.
  • Any personal service where masks must be removed (e.g. makeup application, beard trimming)

Additional measures

  • In-person teaching and instruction (e.g. cooking class) to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, with exemptions for schools, child care centres, universities, colleges, etc.
  • Sports teams may have training sessions only. Games are not permitted. 
  • Dance classes with conditions allowed in areas under modified Stage 2 regulations
  • As of October 13, all wedding receptions must adhere to the gathering guidelines of 10 indoors and 25 outdoors.

It is recommended that people stay home, except for accessing essential services and participating in outdoor activities, within the provincial guidelines. 

Find more information on the Province of Ontario’s restrictions.