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Provincial and City rules

Update

  • The Province of Ontario has declared an emergency stay-at-home order which requires everyone to stay home unless leaving for an essential purpose, like going to work, attending a doctor’s appointment, buying groceries or exercising.
  • With the exception of children’s play structures, all sports fields, courts and outdoor recreational amenities are closed. This includes skate parks, tennis courts and basketball courts.
  • Masks are mandatory at or within five metres of playground equipment at outdoor parks.
  • The Ottawa Police Service will deploy officers on a rotating schedule of checkpoints moving throughout all City of Ottawa interprovincial crossings on a daily basis, until the expiry of the provincial order.
  • For a complete list of regulations visit the Province’s COVID-19 public health measures and restrictions web page.

What can I do during the stay-at-home order?

Here are answers to some of the questions that we have received about the Provincial stay-at-home order.

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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.

Beginning Thursday, August 26 at 12:01 am, masks are mandatory at or within five metres of playground equipment at outdoor parks.

Social gatherings

To respond to the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases, the Province of Ontario has made it illegal to gather indoors or outdoors with anyone you do not live with.

Do not visit any other household or allow visitors in your home.

For those who are living alone, it is permitted to have close contact with one additional household.

Find more information on the latest social gathering recommendations.

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

Restaurants, bars, meeting and event spaces

Effective April 3, indoor and outdoor food and drink service is not permitted.

Permitted:

  • Take out
  • Delivery
  • Drive throughs

Parks and sports fields

With the exception of children’s play structures, all sports fields, courts and outdoor recreational amenities are closed. This includes skate parks, tennis courts and basketball courts.

You may still travel through a park as part of outdoor exercise.

Picnic tables at City parks are also closed. Benches may be used as long as people maintain a two-metre distance.

Beginning Wednesday, April 21 at 12:01 am, masks are mandatory at or within five metres of playground equipment at outdoor parks.

Enhanced Stay-at-Home Order closes some outdoor recreation amenities

Sports, exercise classes and gyms

Effective April 3, indoor gyms and fitness centres are closed

Outdoor sporting activities:

  • No team or group sports play or scrimmages.
  • No drills or training 

 

Religious services, weddings and funerals

The capacity of weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies is 10 people indoors or outdoors. 

Social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions are prohibited, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone. Drive-in services will be permitted.

Retail

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

Retail is generally permitted to be open for curbside pick-up or delivery only (in-person retail shopping not permitted) with some exceptions:

  • Supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, other retailers selling groceries, beer and wine and liquor stores, pharmacies and safety supply stores permitted to be open for in-person shopping
  • Discount and box stores must limit sales to essential items only – such as groceries and pharmaceuticals, pet supplies, safety supplies and personal-care products
  • Retail businesses generally must close between 8 pm and 7 am, with the exception of convenience stores, pharmacies and stores selling groceries
  • Motor/recreational vehicle sales permitted to be open for in-person shopping by appointment only and other restrictions
  • Garden centres, plant nurseries: indoor by appointment. Permitted if public remains outdoors or by curbside pick-up or delivery
  • Outdoor markets, including farmer’s markets and holiday markets, permitted with restrictions
  • Hardware stores, garden centres and pet supply stores are closed for in-store shopping. Curb-side pickup only.

 

Retail outlets in malls permitted to be open for pick-up or delivery (in-person retail shopping not permitted)

  • Access to shopping malls for limited purposes, including access to businesses and organizations permitted to be open (for example, pharmacy, dentist); food court open for take-away; malls may also establish designated pick-up points inside or adjacent to the mall

Additional impacted services

Effective, April 3, the following businesses and services are also closed:

  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
  • Indoor cinemas. Drive-in cinemas permitted to operate, subject to restrictions
  • Performing arts centres and venues
  • Spectator areas in racing venues
  • Any personal service where masks must be removed (e.g. makeup application, beard trimming, botox and lip injections)

Bridges, ferries and interprovincial crossings

The Ottawa Police Service will no longer maintain a 24/7 presence at interprovincial crossings (bridges and ferries). Instead, the OPS will deploy officers on a rotating schedule of checkpoints moving throughout all City of Ottawa interprovincial crossings on a daily basis, until the expiry of the Provincial Order.

The circumstances for which a person can travel into Ontario from Quebec, per the Ontario government directives, include:

  • the person’s principal residence is in Ontario
  • the person is travelling to perform work in Ontario
  • the person is transporting goods into or through Ontario as part of the operation of a business that involves the transportation of goods
  • the person is travelling into Ontario for the purpose of exercising an Aboriginal or treaty right
  • the person’s health makes it necessary to travel into Ontario to obtain health care or social services
  • the travel is necessary for a humanitarian or compassionate reason

Beyond identification to operate a motor vehicle, there are no requirements for travellers to provide documentation to officers such as a note from an employer or physician. Individuals will be required to provide their name, address and reason for travelling.

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.