Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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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 April 21, 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, practice 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   

April 21, 2021 – Special statement from Dr. Vera Etches

Hello. Bonjour. Kwey.

A letter was sent yesterday to the Premier requesting an urgent review of all businesses and services that continue to have workers at the workplace, to amend the language in Ontario Regulation 82/20 regarding school closure for greater clarity and to improve the enforcement provisions under the Reopening Ontario Act and Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

The reason for this request is that workplaces continue to be places where people come into close contact with others and where COVID-19 is transmitted.

With the current pressures on the healthcare system the curve must be turned again by decreasing these opportunities for transmission. Workers affected require access to financial supports.

In Ottawa, the limited number of businesses with more than five people testing positive include a lab, a gym, two transportation operations, two construction companies and five restaurants offering take-out. Along with restaurants, offices are also near the top of the list for workplaces that experience outbreaks and sports and recreation activities are also a top contributor. At this point, under provincial regulation, people who can work from home must work from home and sports and recreation activities should be with members of one’s household. Where people cannot be distanced from others, wearing masks is key to stopping transmission of the variants of concern.

When it comes to workplace outbreaks, unfortunately, once an outbreak occurs public health measures can only mitigate the number of people who are subsequently exposed. This is why we want to focus on preventing COVID transmission in the first place. The goal of these recommendations is to prevent transmission by limiting the places where people come into close contact with others outside their household.

Additionally, I have previously instructed businesses to inform Ottawa Public Health when two or more people test positive within their workplace within 14 days of each other. Ottawa Public Health’s case management team continues to work with businesses and residents to manage these situations so that further transmission is prevented.

Our situation in Ottawa is unique; we are not seeing the same trends of workplace transmission and scale of outbreaks that other places like Toronto and Peel Region are experiencing.

We continue to monitor the situation locally and evaluate all possible options to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities based on the data available.

I look forward to having further discussions with the Province about how best to implement these new measures here in Ottawa.


Post-vaccine behaviours

I want to take a moment to remind people who have received a vaccine – whether one dose or both – or who will be receiving one soon that you will need to keep up with the behaviours like maintaining distance from others, wearing a mask, and keeping your hands clean, when with people outside of your households, until more people are fully vaccinated.  People have tested positive for COVID-19 in the days following immunization, as the vaccine takes time to build immunity and is not 100 per cent effective.

With high levels of COVID-19 in our community, we expect to continue to see a small number of vaccinated people test positive. After you receive your vaccine, you will receive information on post-vaccine behaviours – please read this and follow the guidance.

Taking these precautions will assist the whole community to drop the level of COVID-19 in the community as quickly as possible.


Not everyone is safe at home

Lastly, I want to acknowledge the significant challenges so many are facing right now. Employment options are reduced, financial stress is high. There are emergency financial supports available from the City. And, I encourage people to reach out to help each other before an emergency occurs.

With schools going back to virtual learning for most this week, many families are under the stress of trying to figure out how to work and oversee online schooling. Setting realistic expectations and flexibility from employers are important to make it through this period. No one is perfect or able to do two jobs at once.

We are currently under a Stay-at-Home order except for essential reasons. But not everyone is safe at home. Leaving a violent relationship to get to safety is an essential reason to leave home. Services are open and available to offer space to those who need it.

Violence is never okay. We all have the right to feel safe and live a violence-free life.

Survivors of domestic violence and abuse can also get help and support through a number of community resources, including Ottawa’s text and online chat tool,, available 7 days a week from 8:30 am to midnight. You can send a discreet text to 613-704-5535 if you need help. This service is now available in over 70 languages, thanks to the support of Immigrant Women Services Ottawa.

As always, look out for one another. Take care, be kind and stay well.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwetch.

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Contact Information

Provincial Vaccine Information Line

  • 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 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 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • Weekends, from 9:00 am to 4:00 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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