Forget about closures: Here’s what’s open in Ottawa-Gatineau during the COVID-19 crisis
It’s become near-impossible to keep track of all of the business, workplace and facility closures now in place across Ottawa, let alone all of the events that have been cancelled or postponed.
On Tuesday, Ontario declared a state of emergency that’s closed recreational facilities, public libraries, private schools, licensed child-care centres, bars, restaurants, theatres, cinemas and concert venues, as well as banning all organized public events of more than 50 people, until at least March 31.
Quebec made a similar declaration March 13.
For those wondering what’s still open in the National Capital Region, here’s a list of some major offerings.
The City of Ottawa is maintaining emergency and essential services, including transit, garbage and recycling, emergency first response, its 311, Ottawa Public Health and revenue call centres, social assistance services and public works operations. You can access many city services online at ottawa.ca and my service.ottawa.ca.
Another consolation: Ottawa bylaw is no longer enforcing parking time limits – indicated by a sign or otherwise – on residential streets, until further notice.
Gatineau’s 311 call centre, service centres, Maison du citoyen, waste transfer station, eco centres, garbage collection and municipal court – aside from hearings – remain operational, according to the city’s website.