Ottawa – To help limit the spread of COVID-19 as schools and businesses reopen,City Council today extended, until the end of October, the temporary by-law that makes masks mandatory in indoor public spaces. Masks are also mandatory in the common areas of condos and apartment buildings. Council can extend the temporary by-law again at a future meeting.
Council delegated authority to the General Manager of Emergency and Protective Services to require masks as needed in outdoor areas where physical distancing is not possible. Based on advice from the Medical Officer of Health, the General Manager can make masks mandatory in any high-risk area for up to 60 days, and rescind the order once the risk is reduced.
Residents are encouraged to continue practicing physical distancing, wash their hands frequently and stay home when sick.