Ottawa Tourism

COVID-19 update

Last updated on May 21, 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 most marketing efforts have been paused as the world wrestles with this virus. Our thoughts are with everyone affected.

In Ottawa, everyone is asked to stay home and practice physical distancing. Most non-essential businesses remain closed but some services and retailers are being permitted to re-open, so long as they adhere to provincial health and safety measures (see which businesses are permitted to open here and learn more on the Government of Ontario’s website). Public events remain cancelled until August 31, 2020 at least, though some have been postponed to later dates. You can learn more about the local situation on the Ottawa Public Health website.

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

Learn more about the national (Canadian) response to COVID-19 on the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 webpage, and the provincial (Ontarian) response on Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 information page.

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.