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Date: 2020-11-13 17:00:00
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OTTAWA -- The Ontario and Quebec Governments have put measures in place for individuals and businesses to limit the spread of COVID-19. The different jurisdictions means there's different rules in effect for Ottawa and Gatineau.
On Saturday, Nov. 7, Ottawa moved into the new "Orange-Restrict" level of Ontario's colour-coded tiered system for COVID-19 restrictions. The measures allow indoor dining in bars and restaurants, and fitness centres, gyms and movie theatres to open.
Since Sunday, Oct. 11, Gatineau and the MRC des Collines de l'Outaouais are in Quebec's highest COVID-19 alert level, restricting private gatherings and closing dining rooms, gyms and cinemas.
CTVNewsOttawa.ca looks at the COVID-19 rules and regulations in Ottawa and Gatineau.
Ottawa's Temporary Mandatory Mask Bylaw states a face mask must be worn in all indoor public spaces, including malls and City of Ottawa buildings. Masks are mandatory in the common areas of condominium and apartment buildings.
Masks are also mandatory on OC Transpo buses and the O-Train.
Under Ontario's Restrict-Orange level, face coverings are required in indoor workplaces and indoor public spaces, with limited exemptions.
Quebec says wearing a mask or face covering that covers the nose and mouth is mandatory in enclosed or partially enclosed public places for people age 10 and over.
Wearing a mask or face covering that covers the nose and mouth is also mandatory on public transit for people age 10 and over.
Masks are also mandatory to access or move around a lobby, reception area or elevator in an office building other than an apartment building.
Wearing a mask is recommended when accessing or moving around in common areas of apartment and condo buildings.
Participants in demonstrations must wear a mask or face covering at all times.
The Restrict-Orange level has the following rules for gatherings, workplace requirements
Events and social gatherings (for example, barbeques)
Organized public events and gatherings:
Religious services, weddings and funerals:
Ontario's limits on social gatherings in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreation areas includes parties, dinners, gatherings, barbecues and wedding receptions.
Private gatherings are prohibited and visitors from outside one's household are not allowed, with exceptions for caregivers, planned labour, or a single visitor for those who live alone.
As of Oct. 11, Gatineau and the MRC des Collines de l'Outaouais are in "Level 4-Alert" (red level).
"Level 4–Maximum Alert includes targeted and additional more restrictive measures that could extend to prohibiting non-essential activities in situations where risk cannot be sufficiently contained, while avoiding the generalized confinement that was experienced during the first wave of the pandemic as much as possible," the Quebec government says.
Other parts of the Outaouais remain in "Level 3-Alert" (orange level). "Gatherings must be restricted to a limited number of people in accordance with the measures in force in your region," the government says. "You are asked to avoid unnecessary social contact, for example: gathering with family or friends, weddings, etc."
The use of a mask or face covering is strongly recommended when it is not possible to keep a distance of two metres from other people.
As of Nov. 7, indoor dining is allowed at bars, restaurants and other food and drink establishments, with restrictions. Patios are also allowed to open, and restaurants can offer takeout and delivery service.
Here is a look at the restrictions for restaurants and other food and drink establishments:
As of 12:01 a.m. Oct. 11, all dining rooms in restaurants are closed. Businesses can remain open for takeout and delivery service
As of Nov 7, bars and nightclubs are allowed to open for indoor dining, along with takeout and delivery service.
Here is a look at the restrictions for bars, nightclubs under the Orange-Restrict:
As of 12:01 a.m. Oct. 11, all bars, brasseries and taverns are closed. Microbreweries may remain open but cannot service food and drink inside.
Indoor gyms and fitness centres are allowed to open in Ottawa, with restrictions.
Here is a look at the restrictions for sports and recreation fitness facilities under the Orange-Restrict level.
As of Oct. 11 at 12:01 a.m., all physical fitness rooms and centres are closed.
Movie theatres are allowed to open in Ottawa, with the following restrictions:
As of Oct. 11 at 12:01 a.m, all movie theatres are closed.
Places of worship in Ottawa and across Ontario are permitted to open with physical distancing measures in place and attendance limited to no more than 30 per cent of the building capacity.
As of Oct. 11, Gatineau is on "Level 4 Maximum Alert" (red level). Places of worship and funerals are limited to a maximum of 25 people and a registry of attendance must be kept.
As of Nov. 7, casinos, gaming establishments, performing arts centres may open. Here's a look at the rules for the venues.
Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments:
Performing arts facilities
As of Oct. 11 at 12:01 a.m., activities organized in a public setting indoors or outdoors is prohibited, except for worship and funeral services, which is capped at a maximum of 25 people.
Protests and demonstrations are still permitted but attendees must wear masks.
Concert halls, auditoriums, museums, theatres, and casinos are closed.
Libraries are closed, except for those in schools, but they may still keep lending desks open.
All organized sports and recreation activities are suspended. Indoor sports facilities may remain open for individual activities, but dressing rooms may not be used or accessed, except to use the washroom. No competitions are allowed.