Coronavirus: Ottawa’s state of emergency to remain in effect until end of June


Well-known member
Dec 11, 2018
The city of Ottawa announced Monday that it would be prolonging their state of emergency until the end of June due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, leading to the temporary layoffs of thousands of municipal employees.

This decision would also extend closures of many municipal services, and prohibit large gatherings in the city until June 30.
City manager Steve Kanellakos announced a list of continued closures until June 30, including the following municipal services:

  • All city recreation facilities
  • Parks and playgrounds
  • Libraries and book mobiles
  • Ottawa farmer’s markets
  • City programs including swimming, skating and fitness programs
  • All city of Ottawa client services
  • Licenced childcare centres
Kanellakos said the city will continue to offer emergency services until June 30.
Over the weekend, despite all parks being closed to the public, Watson said Ottawa bylaw officers attended over 520 calls about people disobeying social distancing rules.

Of those calls, 43 tickets were issued.

One person, Watson said, was issued two tickets after a bylaw officer told him to leave a park, and he became belligerent and refused. The man was forced to pay $2,010 in total for his fines.

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