Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

March 20, 2020 | by glebeadmin


As our community continues to confront COVID-19, the health and safety of our city remains a top priority. Please continue to follow the advice of public health officials, practice social distancing and follow all recommended safety precautions. Our own activities are focused on public health, economic relief, information sharing and recovery.

On this page you will find timely updates regarding the pandemic, as well as helpful links, resources and tools to help keep you, your employees and your business safe.


An all-in-one Government Support Guide is available for Glebe BIA member that outlines relief programs, available grants and loans, recovery campaigns and other resources to help businesses navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

The document outlines programs at the federal, provincial and municipal level and offers eligibility requirements, application links and other useful information. Download the Glebe BIA COVID-19 Support Guide here. 



The province will return to the modified version of Step Two of the Roadmap, effective Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. for at least 21 days (until January 26, 2022), subject to trends in public health and health system indicators.

These measures include:

  • Reducing social gathering limits to five people indoors and 10 people outdoors.
  • Limiting capacity at organized public events to five people indoors.
  • Requiring businesses and organizations to ensure employees work remotely unless the nature of their work requires them to be on-site.
  • Limiting capacity at indoor weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites and ceremonies to 50 per cent capacity of the particular room. Outdoor services are limited to the number of people that can maintain 2 metres of physical distance. Social gatherings associated with these services must adhere to the social gathering limits.
  • Retail settings, including shopping malls, permitted at 50 per cent capacity. For shopping malls physical distancing will be required in line-ups, loitering will not be permitted and food courts will be required to close.
  • Personal care services permitted at 50 per cent capacity and other restrictions. Saunas, steam rooms, and oxygen bars closed.
  • Closing indoor meeting and event spaces with limited exceptions but permitting outdoor spaces to remain open with restrictions.
  • Public libraries limited to 50 per cent capacity.
  • Closing indoor dining at restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments. Outdoor dining with restrictions, takeout, drive through and delivery is permitted.
  • Restricting the sale of alcohol after 10 p.m. and the consumption of alcohol on-premise in businesses or settings after 11 p.m. with delivery and takeout, grocery/convenience stores and other liquor stores exempted.
  • Closing indoor concert venues, theatres, cinemas. Rehearsals and recorded performances permitted with restrictions.
  • Closing museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions, amusement parks and waterparks, tour and guide services and fairs, rural exhibitions, and festivals. Outdoor establishments permitted to open with restrictions and with spectator occupancy, where applicable, limited to 50 per cent capacity.
  • Closing indoor horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues. Outdoor establishments permitted to open with restrictions and with spectator occupancy limited to 50 per cent capacity. Boat tours permitted at 50 per cent capacity.
  • Closing indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities including gyms, except for athletes training for the Olympics and Paralympics and select professional and elite amateur sport leagues. Outdoor facilities are permitted to operate but with the number of spectators not to exceed 50 per cent occupancy and other requirements.
  • All publicly funded and private schools will move to remote learning starting January 5 until at least January 17, subject to public health trends and operational considerations.
  • School buildings would be permitted to open for child care operations, including emergency child care, to provide in-person instruction for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated remotely and for staff who are unable to deliver quality instruction from home.
  • During this period of remote learning, free emergency child care will be provided for school-aged children of health care and other eligible frontline workers.


Effective Sunday, Dec. 19, and until further notice, most Ottawa businesses will be limited to 50% capacity and must post visible signage that states the capacity limit for a venue. They will also be required to close by 11pm and end the sale of alcohol by 10pm. Please read the letter of instruction from the Ottawa Medical Officer of Health.The new restrictions are summarized in brief below:

Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments must:

  • Limit indoor seating to 50% capacity.
  • Separate patrons seated at different tables by two meters or by a plexiglass/impermeable barrier.
  • Implement active screening of guests before they are seated or order.
  • Seat a maximum of 6 people at each table.
  • Post signage stating the capacity limit.

Personal care services must:

  • Limit indoor capacity to 50%.
  • Post signage stating the capacity limit.

Indoor sports and fitness facilities must:

  • Limit capacity to 50%.
  • Limit change rooms and spectator areas to 50% capacity.
  • Post signage stating the capacity limit.

Concert venues, theatres and cinemas must:

  • Limit indoor capacity to 50%.
  • Limit the capacity of each indoor room to 50% of normal seating.
  • Post signage stating the capacity limit.

Please note that the current requirements to verify the vaccination status of guests remain in place.


For more information on how to support the Ottawa Food Bank during the pandemic, contact Executive Assistant Alexandra Sioulas at 613-745-7001 ext 136 or by visiting


It is important to stay up to date with the latest information from public health agencies locally, regionally and nationally to ensure you are getting to most accurate information. Below are some links with information about the virus, the current situation and what you can do to protect yourself, your family and your employees.

We continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide timely updates with you as necessary.

Canada Public Health (Federal)

Ontario’s Ministry of Health (Provincial)

Ottawa Public Health (Municipal)