January 16, 2021


Get the latest information about COVID-19 at:

For daily updates, visit the PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA's COVID-19 website.


The Ontario government has declared a State of Emergency effective Thursday, January 14.

The entire province is under a Stay-at-Home order with exceptions for essential reasons only, such as visiting a grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, outdoor exercise, or work deemed essential which cannot be done from home.

Prior to the provincial order, Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches had issued a Class Order under the Health Promotion and Protection Act. The Order requires signage and participant compliance at outdoor recreational amenities, and capacity limits of the lesser of a maximum of 25, or the maximum number of persons who can maintain a two metre (six foot) physical distance.

The order also prohibits sports or games that are likely to result in individuals coming within two metres of each other, and requires mandatory mask wearing when not actively participating in the recreational activity.

While face masks have been mandatory in all indoor public spaces for some time, Dr. Etchings now strongly recommends that face masks also be worn outdoors in any situation when other people are nearby, as well as when actively skating on ice rinks and participating in other activities within confined spaces.

Outdoor gatherings are now limited to 5 people. This article by CBC's Joanne Chianello helps decipher this and other restrictions, while answering  frequently asked questions about the new provincial rules.

Ottawa municipal bylaw officers have the authority to enforce COVID-19 regulations.  Citizens may call 311 to report any concerns.


In addition to staying home, wearing a mask and maintaining physical distance:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Avoid touching your face.
  • If water is unavailable, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette (sneeze and cough into your sleeve and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth)

Ottawa Public Health has released this interactive neighbourhood map to provide a snapshot of the local distribution of confirmed cases.


NEW - The multi-use pathway along the Ottawa River is now open for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fatbiking and walking. This year for the first time, the trails extend west to Blair Road—and often beyond to Aviation Parkway. The trails are being mechanically groomed by volunteers from Ski Heritage East. Check their website link for updates on trail conditions.

The skating rink at Combermere Park is open with a limit of 25 skaters at one time. (Hockey is not currently permitted under a class order by the city’s Medical Officer of Health.)  Ice conditions are best when temperatures are well below zero, and the rink can be flooded.

Ski Hill Park on LaVerendrye Drive is open for tobogganning, sledding and sliding, also limited to 25 people at one time.

Look for and comply with the posted signage about participant limits, masks and permitted activities. Signage may vary by location.

When exercising outdoors, Ottawa Public Health reminds us to keep physical distance of at least 2m / 6ft from anyone not living in your household.


Get the latest information about COVID-19 at:

For daily updates, visit the PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA's COVID-19 website.

We wish all of you safety and good health during these challenging times.


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