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Provincial and City rules

Social gatherings

Indoor social gatherings are limited to 5 people.

Outdoor gatherings are restricted to 10 people. People must maintain two metres from others and wear a mask when physical distancing becomes difficult.

Report an illegal social gathering.

Outdoor recreational amenities

Effective Sunday, December 26 at 12:01 am, capacity limits apply to all operators of outdoor recreational amenities, such as ice rinks, sledding hills, as well as trails for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat-biking.

  • Maximum of 25 people or less
  • Maintain a two-metre distance at all times except with members of your household
  • Outdoor refrigerated rinks have different capacity limits and each one has its limit posted on-site
  • Neighbourhood outdoor rinks and ice pads will have a 25-person capacity limit or less for smaller rinks and will be posted on-site
  • Masking is highly recommended when engaging in the physical activity and is mandatory for spectators
  • Indoor changerooms and indoor clubhouses, excluding bathrooms, are to be closed to the public

More details are available in the December 23, 2021 Letter of Instruction.

Face masks

Masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces. 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 Province of Ontario's provincial masking regulations.

Wearing a mask helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and helps protect people who are around you.

Report an individual not wearing a mask.

Screening requirements

Effective April 3, 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

Proof of vaccination required for specific settings

Effective September 22, a proof of vaccination (showing two doses plus a minimum of 14 days) and identification will be required for the following public settings and indoor facilities – with some exceptions.

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, accessing washroom facilities, and picking up takeout orders)
  • Sporting events – indoor and outdoor
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport for individuals between the ages of 12 and 17
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
  • Racing venues – including horse racing

Report a business not asking for a proof of vaccination

Enforcement reporting

Non-compliant business, service provider or event organizer

Any individual who wishes to report a business, event or location that, under the provincial regulations, requires proof of vaccination from patrons, but that is not screening and verifying vaccination receipts and photo identification should contact the City’s By-law and Regulatory Services.

Patrons refusing to show proof of vaccination and/or leave the premises

If a business or event experiences patrons or guests who refuse to show proper proof of vaccination, including refusal to the leave the premises, should contact the non-emergency Ottawa Police Service phone line at 613-236-1222.

Social gatherings and events

Any individual who wishes to report an illegal social gathering or a social event that is not respecting the capacity limits should contact the City’s By-law and Regulatory Services.

Restaurants and bars

Measures will remain in place until at least January 27, 2022.

Indoor service

  • All indoor service closed at restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other food or drink establishments
  • Take out, drive through and delivery allowed

Outdoor dining / patio

  • Outdoor capacity will be based on the ability to maintain two-metre distance between tables.
  • A name and phone number for contact tracing will be required for outdoor dining.
  • Ottawa Public Health mandates a limit of 6 people seated at one table.

Report a restaurant not asking for the name and phone number of their patrons


For outdoor dining, patrons must remain seated at their tables unless they are exiting the location, leaving to use the washroom facilities, ordering or paying for their food and beverage. Masks must be worn when you are not seated.

Sports, exercise classes and gyms

Measures will remain in place until at least January 27, 2022.

Indoor activities

Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms, pools, and rinks are closed.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor recreational facilities remain open, while following current restrictions and public-health measures.

  • Proof of double vaccination with identification is required for all individuals 12 years and older.

Religious services, weddings and funerals

Indoor and outdoor religious services, rites and ceremonies including weddings and funerals can take place at 50 per cent capacity and enable all participants to maintain physical distancing of two metres.

Personal care services

  • All personal care services can operate at 50 per cent capacity, and must maintain proper physical distancing of two metres.
  • Masks must be worn by customers and staff providing the services. No services where face masks need to be removed.


  • Indoor cinemas closed.
  • Drive-in and drive through events permitted with restrictions.

Performing arts facilities

  • Indoor areas of concert venues, theatres and cinemas closed.
  • Outdoor facilities remain open with spectators at seated events limited to 50 per cent capacity.
  • Drive-in and drive through events permitted with restrictions. 

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments will be closed.