During the COVID-19 pandemic, the primary focus for Ottawa Police Services, By-law and Regulatory Services and Ottawa Public Health is awareness and education.
The Ontario Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act makes physical distancing mandatory at social gatherings and in businesses.
To decrease the transmission of COVID-19 in Ottawa it is recommended that all residents practice physical distancing. Physical distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people outside your household that you interact with, ensuring that whenever possible the people you interact with remain more than 2 metres (6 feet) away, and that people wear a mask when they may not be able to maintain 2m distance from people outside of their social circle. This will help to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community. For more information, please visit Ottawa Public Health.
By-law and Regulatory Services
Although awareness and education is the primary focus, By-law Officers can issue fines to individuals who fail to comply with the Orders set out under the Ontario Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. In addition, By-law Officers can issue fines for lack of adherence to the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law. Fines are generally issued when verbal warnings are ineffective to gain compliance or for repeat offenders.
If you are feeling unwell in any way, please stay home.
The Province of Ontario has permitted Ottawa to move to the Stage Three of the provincial reopening framework which includes the following allowances:
Personal-care businesses, including services that tend to customer’s faces
Indoor dining at restaurants and bars
Indoor recreational activities such as bowling alleys and movie theatres
These openings and operations must follow Provincial operating guidelines to ensure compliance with current Provincial measures that support physical distancing and help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
The Ottawa Police Service can 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 but still subject to self-monitoring.
Residents can call 613-236-1222 ext. 7502 for more information on the Quarantine Act.