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Ontario Strengthens Enforcement of Stay-at-Home Order

New Provincial restrictions in effect as of April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

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Last revised on May 5, 2021

The current status of COVID-19 in Ottawa

Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order

Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a province-wide Stay-at-Home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise , or for work that cannot be done remotely. Read the press release.

Travel outside of Ottawa (whether within Ontario or to another province) should be limited to essential purposes. (Note: the Public Health Agency of Canada advises avoiding all non-essential travel outside of Canada).  

If you have to travel outside of Ottawa for work or other essential reasons, here is some information to consider: 

  • Monitor forsymptoms of COVID-19and do not travel if you are sick. 
  • If anyone in your household develops symptoms of COVID-19, that person needs to stay home, self-isolate and get tested. All other household (the people you live with) members will also need to isolate until that individual has tested negative for COVID-19. 
  • Do not carpool with people from outside of your household.
  • Wear a mask, practise hand hygiene and maintain at least two metres of physical distance from those outside of your household
  • Do not eat, drink, or take breaks with people from outside your household.  
  • You may have to self-isolate upon your arrival and return depending on where you have traveled. The Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario strongly advises that individuals and families self-isolate for 14 days when arriving in or returning to Ontario. This advice for self-isolation would not apply to those whose home is in Quebec and work in Ottawa and vice versa. (Note: arrival and return to Canada from another country continues to require two weeks of isolation as per the Quarantine Act). 

For more information on the current situation in Ottawa visit our Statistics page which includes the following:

  • Daily COVID-19 dashboard
  • Wastewater COVID-19 surveillance
  • Supplemental reports
  • Mapping products
  • Societal impacts
  • Projections

Remember to be COVID Wise:

Download our fact sheet on what you need to know about COVID-19.

Stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 developments by following Ottawa Public Health on Twitter and Facebook

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What is the situation in the municipalities surrounding the Ottawa area?

For more information on the situation in your municipality, please visit your local public health unit’s website:

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Status of COVID-19 in Ontario

To learn about COVID-19 cases in Ontario and how the province is keeping its people safe please visit COVID-19 Ontario webpage.

On November 3, Ontario released a COVID-19 response framework to help keep the province safe and open. The province will return to this COVID-19 response framework after the provincewide shutdown ends.

Ontario provides a more detailed summary of COVID-19 cases in the province that is updated each day at 10:30 am and posted on its COVID-19 web page.

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Status of COVID-19 in Canada

For more information on the federal response, please visit the Government of Canada COVID-19 webpage.

An official global travel advisory  to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada is in effect until further notice. In addition, a pandemic COVID-19 travel health notice with travel health advice for Canadians has also been issued.

Some regional travel restrictions may be in place within Canada, please check with the region before travelling.

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Read the special statements from officials 

May 5, 2021 – Special statement from Dr. Vera Etches

Hello. Bonjour. Kwey.

As we continue to roll out vaccines to as many people as we can as quickly and efficiently as we can, I want to thank residents for their patience.

As Mr. Di Monte mentioned, this week we started our first drop-in community pop-up clinics in neighbourhoods that have been more impacted by COVID-19. These neighbourhoods have higher COVID rates and face greater barriers to immunization, so we know there is more we need to do here.

In the weeks to come, adults 18 years of age and older who live in  neighbourhoods at higher risk, which are listed on our website, will be eligible for a vaccine. They will be notified of clinic and registration options through a targeted approach with our community partners.


As more people receive their vaccine, become eligible to book their vaccine, and as vaccine supply increases, we get closer to achieving community immunity.

Today Ottawa Public Health and the City launched a new campaign to increase awareness of vaccines, share resources, how to talk about vaccines with your friends and family, address why you should get one, what you can do while you wait for your vaccine and what to do after you receive it.

While we are getting closer every day, it will take time to reach community immunity. Until that time, we must continue to follow the public health measures that keep us safe from COVID-19 and its variants – get tested if you show symptoms, stay home if you are sick, wash your hands, wear a mask, and maintain physical distancing from those outside your household.

Visit for more information on this campaign and how you can help spread the word.

I recognize that the information about vaccines is constantly evolving. The vaccine rollout is a dynamic process. We will continue to use multiple channels to communicate as clearly as we can with you about when it is your turn and where you can be vaccinated. Please continue to check

My advice to you has been and continues to be to take the first vaccine that is made available to you. All vaccines currently in use in Canada have been approved by Health Canada and are safe and effective against COVID-19 infection, serious illness and hospitalization. The benefits of all vaccines far outweigh the risks of getting COVID-19.

If you’re still unsure, know that informed consent and having open and inclusive conversations are  important components of increasing vaccine confidence, so talk about your options with your health care provider.

Get tested

Our monitoring indicators continue to show a slight decline in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19, as is the per cent positivity rate.

We have also seen the testing rate go down in recent weeks, and while this is likely due to a number of factors, including the result of the current Stay-at-Home order, I am concerned when testing drops too much. We want to continue to detect COVID-19 in the community, so I encourage anyone who is experiencing symptoms to get tested right away. This will allow us to get a more accurate idea of how much COVID-19 there is in the community, but more importantly it will allow us to support people who do test positive and provide them with important isolation and contact tracing information and advise on when to seek medical attention.

Visit our website to find out how, when and where you should get tested.

Mental Health Week

These are challenging times and feeling worried or lonely is natural. Good mental health does not mean feeling happy all the time. This year, the theme for Mental Health Week is to #GetReal – let's name, express and deal with our emotions – even the uncomfortable ones. Heavy feelings become lighter when we put them into words. This week, and every week, I encourage you to reach out and have that talk about mental health and mental health challenges with a friend, a colleague, or a trusted mental health professional like our friends at the Distress Centre or a local counsellor. Mental health resources can be found online at


For many, the most challenging part of this pandemic has been our inability to visit our loved ones in person. We miss hugs, sharing meals and sitting closely together while catching up. The friends or relatives across town might as well be across the country. Ottawa, we are getting to a point where in-person visits will be possible, but we're still not quite there yet.

This Mother’s Day, I encourage you to celebrate virtually. Even if mom or grandma has been vaccinated, we all need to keep maintaining those behaviours that will keep COVID-19 at bay until more people are protected from the vaccine. So stick with your household and continue to find those special and creative ways to tell someone you love them from a distance.

Community immunity is about more than vaccines; it’s about working together to do everything we can to protect each other.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwetch.

Read the previous statements.

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Contact Information

Provincial Vaccine Information Line

  • 7 days a week, from 8 am to 8 pm
  • Call if you have questions about Ontario's COVID-19 vaccination program.
  • Service is available in multiple languages.
  • Telephone: 1-888-999-6488
  • TTY: 1-866-797-0007

Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 Telephone Line

  • Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 6 pm
  • Weekends, from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Translation is available in multiple languages
  • Telephone: 613-580-6744 follow the prompts to the COVID-19 telephone line
  • TTY: 613-580-9656

Emergency Services

  • If you are in distress (e.g., significant trouble breathing, chest pain, fainting or have a significant worsening of any chronic disease symptoms), do not go to the Assessment Centre or a COVID-19 Care clinic. Go to the nearest Emergency Department or call 9-1-1.

See someone not respecting COVID-19 rules?

How to access help during COVID-19

  • 211 Ontario can help you find financial and social support during COVID-19
  • Telephone: 2-1-1

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