Ottawa Tourism

COVID-19 update

Last updated on March 30, 2020 but reviewed every weekday for accuracy

The impacts of COVID-19 are far-reaching and everyone plays a part in reducing its spread. To that end, Ottawa Tourism’s staff is working from home and its marketing efforts have been paused as the world wrestles with this virus. Our thoughts are with everyone affected.

In Ottawa, people are instructed to stay home. You can learn more about the local situation on the Ottawa Public Health website.

Learn more about the national (Canadian) response to COVID-19 on the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 webpage.

Visit our page about Ottawa’s resilient tourism community for more information about how businesses are adapting and helping our community during this challenging time.

We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Ottawa once it is safe for everyone. In the meantime, most attractions and non-essential businesses have closed until further notice, and most public events have been cancelled through April at least (some have been postponed to later dates). This situation is changing on an almost daily basis so if you have a question about a specific attraction or event, we recommend visiting their website or social media feeds directly.

We encourage everyone to refer to official government sources of information, such as those mentioned above, as well as to follow the protocols that have been announced, such as frequently washing your hands with soap and water; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and staying at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people.

Brighter days are coming. We look forward to sharing them with you.