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.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the primary focus for By-law and Regulatory Services is awareness and education.
However, By-law officers can issue fines to individuals who fail to comply to the new physical-distancing rules under the Ontario Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
If you are feeling unwell in any way, please stay home.
If you are feeling well, you are still allowed to leave your home and do the following:
- Do yard work or home maintenance
- Go for a walk, skate or bike ride
- Go to a store or permitted place of business, if necessary
- Go to work, if necessary
- Check on a friend, neighbour or loved one, if necessary
You are not allowed to do the following:
- Gather in a group of more than five people; 10 people are permitted for funerals.
- Operate a business that does not have an exemption.
- Offer dine-in service in a food or hospitality business.
Failure to comply to gathering restrictions could result in a fine of $880 – including the victim surcharge.
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 Services Agency.
Individuals who work to ensure the continued flow of goods and services, and those who provide essential services are exempt from the order.
Residents can call 613-236-1222 ext. 7502.