Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Last revised on June 10, 2021

The current status of COVID-19 in Ottawa

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  

June 10, 2021 – Special statement from Dr. Vera Etches

Hello. Bonjour. Kwey. Ullaakut.

Tomorrow, Ottawa, along with the rest of Ontario, will move into Step 1 of the Provincial reopening plan.

I am hearing and seeing online that people are anticipating a summer much like last year.

While the summer-like weather is here, I want to make it very clear that we are not in the same place we were this time last year. Yes, we are making progress with our vaccine rollout. And yes, we are seeing fewer people test positive since the peak of the most recent resurgence.

But the level of transmission in the community is approximately 10 times what it was last summer. We entered summer 2020 with two cases per100,000 people per week. Today, we are looking at 26 cases per 100,000 people. And, we were not contending with the COVID variants. The new variants of concern are more transmissible. We will need to reach higher levels of immunization with two doses before we can rely on vaccines alone to keep COVID-19 at a low, manageable level that does not lead to significant hospitalizations, and this will not happen until closer to the end of the summer.

This pandemic is not over. This is true across the world, across Canada, and Ottawa is no exception.

As we move into Step 1 tomorrow, my advice is the same for everyone regardless of your vaccine status, for now: continue to maintain a distance from those outside your household. Wear a mask when you can’t maintain distance. Choose lower-risk activities; stick with outdoors. Avoid crowded places. Continue daily screening and get tested if you experience symptoms of COVID.

We expect more information from the federal and provincial governments on what will be permitted based on vaccine status, but here’s what we can do as of tomorrow:

We can gather outdoors in groups of up to 10 people – just ensure you maintain a distance of two metres from those outside your household and wear a mask if this becomes difficult.

We can go to a restaurant patio with up to three other people – again – wear a mask if dining with others outside your household when you’re not eating or drinking. And please be patient with restaurant staff as they work to reopen, and follow the public health measures they have in place.

Non-essential businesses will reopen at 15 per cent capacity, so we can start shopping in-person. Again, I ask you to be patient as you may need to wait outside the store until others leave, and curbside pickup is still encouraged where possible.

And with the exception of games or practices, outdoor fitness classes and personal training will now be permitted for groups of up to 10 people. So, continue to get outdoors to benefit your physical and mental health.

For more details on what is permitted during Step 1, please visit

I am hopeful that with a summer of carefully easing restrictions and progress with vaccine rollout, we will be able to enjoy more and more activities.

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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