April 22, 2021
- Enhanced Stay-at-Home Order closes some outdoor recreation amenities
- Masks near playground equipment
- Park Ambassadors are back
- Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures
- Police Powers
- Provincial government is limiting capacity
- Provincial Restrictions at Interprovincial Crossing
- OPH Order for Fitness Centres
City of Ottawa update
Enhanced Stay-at-Home Order closes some outdoor recreation amenities
For compliance with the enhanced restrictions under the extended Province’s Stay-at-Home Order, the City of Ottawa has closed some of its recreation amenities, which include:
- Public sports fields – including those located at recreation facilities
- Ball diamonds
- Basketball, tennis and pickleball courts
- Skateboard parks
- BMX and other bike parks
The closures took effect at 12:01 on Saturday, April 17, 2021.
Masks required near playground equipment
Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Vera Etches, has issued an Order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) to require wearing masks at or within five metres of playground equipment, which remain open under the Province’s enhanced Stay-at-Home restrictions. These include:
- Play structures
- Sand boxes
This masking requirement does not apply to an individual younger than two (2) years of age, or a child who is under five (5) years of age chronologically or developmentally, and who refuses to wear a mask and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver. The masking order takes effect at 12:01 on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
Walking, running and cycling through parks is permitted
While most outdoor park amenities are closed, you are allowed to walk, run and cycle through parks. You must keep a two-metre distance from others in parks, unless they are members of your household.
Benches and off-leash dog parks can still be used as long as people maintain a two-metre distance.
Masks and children on playground structures
While By-law and Regulatory Services will exercise enforcement discretion, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reminds parents and guardians to ensure that children on playground structures, swings and slides wear masks and maintain physical distancing. These regulations have been put in place to support current Provincial restrictions and help curtail the current surge of COVID-19 in our community.
The enhanced provincial restrictions also prohibit any outdoor social gathering with people outside your household. The only exception is for those who live alone, who may join only one household.
More information will be available upon further review of the Province of Ontario regulations.
Please stay home and help us bring down the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Park Ambassadors are back
The City of Ottawa’s Park Ambassador Program is now back to give helpful guidance for your child’s play on the slides, swings and play structures.
Park Ambassadors are not enforcement officers and they do not hand out tickets. They are live, on-the-spot resources who offer valuable information, answers to your questions and help explain any confusion you might have about what’s permitted and what’s closed in our City parks.
The Park Ambassadors will walk in pairs around the park area in either their green shirts or red jackets that identify them as City of Ottawa staff. So, if you’re still uncertain at the park, be sure to ask your question to one of our Park Ambassadors.
For more information go to ottawa.ca/recreation
Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures
The provincial government is implementing the following public health and workplace safety measures:
- Prohibit all outdoor social gatherings and organized public events, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or a caregiver for any member of the household;
- Close all non-essential workplaces in the construction sector;
- Reduce capacity limits to 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted. This includes supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers’ markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies; and,
- Close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as golf courses, basketball courts, soccer fields, and playgrounds with limited exceptions.
Since the provincial government graned new authorities to the police on Friday, April 16, many police departments, including Ottawa Police Service, announced that they would not use the new powers allowed by the province.
The OPS will not be conducting random stops. They will be taking a deliberate and careful approach that emphasizes equity, legality, and efficacy in the application of these authorities with the specific and exclusive purpose to support public health measures.
They have sought the expert advice of Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and its Board of Health on how any new authorities can best be implemented to positively impact health outcomes related to the pandemic. They are also consulting with their Community Equity Council to ensure community voices are part of any implementation plan. The concerns raised by racialized and marginalized communities are top of mind.
Please refer to the joint statement from Ottawa Public Health, City Bylaw, and Ottawa Police.
Limits to Capacity
Limiting the capacity to 10 people indoors or outdoors
- religious services, rites or ceremonies.
Social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions are prohibited, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone. Drive-in services will be permitted.
All other public health and workplace safety measures for non-essential retail under the provincewide emergency brake (i.e., curbside pick-up and delivery only), will continue to apply.
Provincial Restrictions at Interprovincial Crossing
Effective April 20th at 8 p.m., the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) will no longer maintain a 24/7 presence at interprovincial crossings (bridges and ferries).
Instead, the OPS will deploy officers on a rotating schedule of checkpoints moving throughout all City of Ottawa interprovincial crossings on a daily basis, until the expiry of the Provincial Order.
Since the onset of the border operations, the OPS has been working closely with Ottawa Public Health (OPH) along with local stakeholders and interprovincial stakeholders (the City of Ottawa, the City of Gatineau, the Ontario Provincial Police, etc.) to assess any local public health, traffic and safety impacts.
The assessment resulted in the operational changes.
OPS has been and will remain focused on our stated goal of ensuring our education, engagement and enforcement actions support improved public health outcomes and respect the concerns of our most marginalized and racialized communities all while enabling compliance with the Provincial Order restricting interprovincial travel.
The operational changes announced on Tuesday, April 20th, are designed to better ensure the health and safety of all, to minimize delays and/or hazards for travelers and to ensure essential workers can get to their places of employment on time.
The OPS will continue to work with OPH and our partners to conduct daily assessments on the border operations. The public will be notified of any material changes to the border operations.
Please respect the Ontario Stay-at-Home order.
Who should cross the interprovincial border
This is a reminder that the circumstances for which a person can travel into Ontario from Quebec, per the Ontario government directives, include:
- the person’s principal residence is in Ontario
- the person is travelling to perform work in Ontario
- the person is transporting goods into or through Ontario as part of the operation of a business that involves the transportation of goods
- the person is travelling into Ontario for the purpose of exercising an Aboriginal or treaty right
- the person’s health makes it necessary to travel into Ontario to obtain health care or social services
- the travel is necessary for a humanitarian or compassionate reason
No Extra documentation is required.
Beyond identification to operate a motor vehicle, there are no requirements for travellers to provide documentation to officers such as a note from an employer or physician. Individuals will be required to provide their name, address and reason for travelling.
Enforcement of Provincial Authorities
These measures are in support of new public health orders issued by the Government of Ontario. The OPS began screening travellers at all Ottawa-area interprovincial border crossings on April 19th.
OPS is working in close collaboration with the community, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and other City of Ottawa agencies (OC Transpo, Roads/Transportation, etc.) to ensure these authorities are only used for their intended purpose of supporting public health orders and public health outcomes.
All the permitted purposes to travel into Ontario from Manitoba or Quebec can be accessed here.
The Provincial Order requires any person entering Ontario from Manitoba or Quebec to do the following when requested by a police officer:
- stop when instructed to do so
- provide any available identification or documentation
- answer any questions to assist the officer in determining whether the person is entering Ontario for a permitted purpose
If the officer reasonably believes that the person is not complying with the Provincial Order and is not entering Ontario for one of the permitted purposes, the officer can direct them to return to Quebec.
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