Kanata North COVID Update July 5

Good afternoon Kanata North, 

As of this morning, COVID-19 vaccine appointments are open for residents age 12 and older to book an accelerated second dose. To book, please visit Ontario.ca/BookVaccine or call 1-833-943-3900. I booked my two oldest daughters for their second doses, and I couldn’t be more excited.  I encourage you all to do the same.  

According to the Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 Daily Dashboard, we currently have 49 active COVID-19 cases in Ottawa, with just 4 new ones being reported today. This is very encouraging, but please continue to choose lower-risk activities by getting outdoors, physically distance and wear masks in public settings, as we know that many residents do not yet have the two doses of COVID-19 vaccine needed to be considered fully vaccinated. 

On June 25, the Public Health Agency of Canada released guidance for vaccinated Canadians. This guidance shows that we can have a lot of confidence when we have two doses of the COVID vaccine. The work of maintaining masking and distancing when we are in close contact with people who may not be fully immunized, including children, is appreciated and respectful while we continue to increase access to vaccine and second doses for all. We expect further provincial guidance as the success of reopening and keeping COVID-19 under control is evaluated. 

 

How to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment 

  • You can visit the provincial booking tool to check your eligibility or book an appointment. 
  • Information on vaccinations at pharmacies is available here. 
  • Register daily for the COVID-19 vaccine wait list for last-minute appointments. Please note this list resets daily at 11:59 pm. If you still require a vaccine, please register your information each day after this time. 

 

Reopening Ontario 

Ontario is in Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen as of June 30 at 12:01 am, further expanding outdoor activities and resuming limited indoor services with small numbers of people and with face coverings being worn. Please visit the Province of Ontario website for current restrictions and further details. 

Please continue to support our local Kanata North small business community in any way you can as we slowly reopen our economy. 

  

City of Ottawa update on outdoor rentals for events, meetings and organized sports 

With the Ontario government’s second step of its reopening plan relaxing more outdoor restrictions, the city provided an update on rentals for events, meetings and organized sports – with the requirement for participants to follow all public health measures and protocols. 

Outdoor team or group sports now permitted 

Grass and synthetic turf sports fields and ball diamonds are now available for rental permits for organized and league team play. Step Two allows outdoor team sports to restart. Play must be non-contact or modified to avoid contact. Groups and teams are asked to respect health protocols and measures – which require players and spectators on the sidelines to maintain a two-metre distance from others and wear a mask when maintaining that distance is difficult. Spectators will be limited to 25 per cent of the bleacher or sideline capacity. 

Outdoor event and meeting rentals 

Step Two limits capacity of organized outdoor events or meetings at 25 per cent capacity of the rented space – based upon the type of event. Table sittings can now accommodate up to six people per table, with each table separated by at least two metres. Visit ottawa.ca for a list of the city outdoor rental spaces that will be available. 

Outdoor recreation 

Outdoor tennis and cycling summer programs for adults and youth will also resume in early July as scheduled. Spaces remain available. Visit the Summer 2021 eGuide to view and register for these programs. 

Summer day camps 

In addition, spaces are still available in July and August for the City’s low-ratio Summer Day Camps, which provides physically distanced activities, game and crafts for children between the ages of 4 and 12. You can register and view our 2021 Summer Camp eGuide on ottawa.ca/recreation. 

Please visit ottawa.ca/recreation for more information on outdoor recreation facility locations and rental information, as well as COVID-safety protocols. Residents will be required to follow all COVID-safety protocols and measures. 

 

Lastly, a reminder that interchanging vaccines is safe and effective. Both mRNA vaccines, Moderna and Pfizer, are made the same way. Moderna and Pfizer have very similar effectiveness and side effects. The best vaccine you can get is the first one that is available to you and a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is needed for the best protection against COVID-19 and its more transmissible variants. All COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Canada are safe and effective and they all reduce the risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and death, and will help with the control of COVID-19 in our community. 

 

Thank you, Kanata North, for your continued efforts to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Please reach out should you need anything. 

Take care, 

Jenna Sudds