Kanata North COVID-19 Update February 12

Earlier this week, the Premier announced that Ontario is moving to a regional approach and will gradually transition municipalities from shut down measures to a revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework. Based on Ottawa’s improving local trends of key indicators, it was announced today that we will be moving to the Orange-Restrict status in the Province’s COVID-19 Response Framework and the stay-at-home order will be lifted, effective February 16, 2021 at 12:01 am. The Orange-Restrict status allows the City of Ottawa to resume some services that were offered before the provincial state-of-emergency orders came into effect, last month.

Here is an overview of what this means

Organized public events, social gatherings and wedding, funeral and religious services, rites and ceremonies
  • Limits for certain organized public events and social gatherings such as functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, barbeques or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, or parks, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 10 people indoors
    • 25 people outdoors
  • Limits for organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 people indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, where physical distancing can be maintained (applied in any venue other than a private dwelling):
    • 30% capacity of the room indoors
    • 100 people outdoors

Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

  • Capacity limits, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 patrons seated indoors
  • Outdoor dining, takeout, drive through and delivery permitted, including alcohol
  • No buffet style service
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance and face covering required
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Require patrons to be seated; 2 metres minimum or impermeable barrier required between tables
  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only
  • Personal protective equipment, including eye protection, required when is a worker must come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a face covering
  • Establishments must be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Dancing, singing and performing music is permitted, with restrictions
  • Karaoke permitted, with restrictions (including no private rooms)
  • Limit volume of music (to be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation)
  • Night clubs and strip clubs only permitted to operate as a restaurant or bar
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Sports and recreational fitness facilities

  • Maintain 2 metres physical distancing, unless engaged in a sport
  • Increase spacing between patrons to 3 metres in areas where there are weights or exercise equipment and in exercise and fitness classes
  • Capacity limits, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • Maximum of 50 people total in indoor areas with weights and exercise machines and all indoor classes, however each indoor fitness or exercise class can only have a maximum of 10 people and must take place in a separate room, or
    • 100 people in outdoor classes, however each outdoor fitness or exercise class can only have a maximum of 25 people
    • No spectators permitted, however each person under 18 may be accompanied by one parent or guardian
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Team or individual sports must be modified to avoid physical contact; 50 people per league
  • Exemptions for high performance athletes and parasports
  • Patrons may only be in the facility for 90 minutes except if engaging in a sport
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible; measures to prevent shouting by both instructors and members of the public
  • Face coverings required except when exercising or playing sports
  • Require contact information for all members of the public that enter the facility
  • Require reservation for entry; one reservation for teams
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Meeting and event spaces

  • Capacity limit for the venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 people indoors or
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Limits for wedding, funeral and religious services, rites or ceremonies apply if held in meeting and event spaces:
    • 30% capacity of the room indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Booking multiple rooms for the same event not permitted
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Establishments must be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request
  • Exceptions for court and government services

Retail

New for Orange-Restrict as of February 2021:

  • Stores must have passive screening for patrons (for example, posting signs outside the store front about not entering if you have  symptoms)
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request
  • Fitting rooms must be limited to non-adjacent stalls
  • Line-ups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; 2 metres distance and face covering required
  • Limit volume of music to be no low enough that a normal conversation is possible
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • For malls, a safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Personal care services

  • Oxygen bars, steam rooms, saunas, bath houses and other adult venues, closed
  • Sensory deprivation pods closed (some exceptions)
  • Services requiring removal of face coverings prohibited
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

  • Maximum of 50 people per facility permitted, where physical distancing can be maintained
  • Table games are prohibited
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Cinemas

  • Capacity limits per venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 people indoors or
    • 100 outdoors
  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Drive-in cinemas permitted to operate, subject to restrictions
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Performing arts facilities

  • Capacity limits per venue, where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 50 spectators indoors or
    • 100 spectators outdoors
  • Singers and players of wind or brass instruments must be separated from spectators by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier
  • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metres physical distance except for purposes of the performance
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted
  • Drive-in performances permitted
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

City of Ottawa services

The city will gradually restart in-person services under Ontario’s Orange-Restrict status. The Orange Restrict status allows the city to resume some of the same services offered before the provincial state-of-emergency orders came into effect. Below are some of the updates; a full list can be found here.

Recreation and Culture
Recreation services will restart gradually at some locations under the provincial Orange-Restrict status. Access to most activities requires reservations in advance. Visit ottawa.ca/recreation for more information on available activities, locations, facility and rink rentals, reservations and COVID-related protocols and restrictions. The following activities and programs will resume February 16:

  • Public and lane swims at select pools
  • Aqua fitness programs
  • Weight and cardio rooms will reopen with capacity limits
  • Sport activities with capacity limits and physical distancing measures
  • Older adult programming
  • Public skating at select arenas will start on February 20

Reservations for these activities can be made on ottawa.ca beginning February 14 at 6 pm.

Skating on the outdoor refrigerated rinks will continue by reservation only, with a maximum capacity of 25 skaters.

The resumption of other recreation and arts programming and activities will be announced in the coming weeks.

Community outdoor rinks
The Ottawa Public Health directive keeps outdoor skating rink capacity at 25 skaters and 12 for puddle rinks. With non-contact sports scrimmages and play permitted, skaters may bring hockey sticks and equipment on the ice – ensuring rink capacity and physical distancing requirements are observed. Masks must be worn within 15 metres of the edge of the rink and are highly recommended while skating.

Sledding hills
Under Ottawa Public Health’s directive, the capacity at the gathering points at the top and bottom of the sledding hills will remain at a maximum of 25 people, and physical distancing of two metres must be maintained at all times.

Facility rentals
Select city rental spaces will be available to accommodate up to a maximum of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, provided the space allows for adequate physical distancing of at least two metres.

Counter services
In-person services will start on Monday, February 22, but clients can start reserving appointments for that week, starting Tuesday, February 16.

Service Ottawa – Client Service Centres and Building Code Services

  • City Hall and Ben Franklin Place (100 Centrepointe Drive) Client Service Centres and Building Code Services counters will be open by appointment only. Visit ottawa.ca for the list of in-person service offerings.
  • Residents must make an appointment for the Client Service Centre by using the online booking tool on ottawa.ca. Residents without internet access can reserve a time by calling 3-1-1 and choose option six for the Client Service Centre. Requests for same-day appointments will be subject to availability.
  • Building Code Services will continue to support application submissions by mail and electronically at buildingpermits@ottawa.ca.

While the stay-at-home order will be lifted next week, Ottawa Public Health still recommends staying at home except for essential purposes including going to work and trips for groceries and other necessities, medical appointments and physical activity. We need to stay vigilant against the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Stay home, stay safe, be COVIDWise, and have a lovely long weekend!