What’s open in Ottawa

Joanne Laucius

OTTAWA- June 11, 2020 --  Awand Mageed (L), education assistant, helps Pius play with a bell at the Andrew Fleck Child Care Centre on Queen Mary St. in Ottawa, June 11, 2020. Photo by Jean Levac/Postmedia News assignment 134012  Covid
Awand Mageed, left, education assistant, helps Pius play with a bell at the Andrew Fleck Child Care Centre on Queen Mary Street. JEAN LEVAC / Postmedia News

More businesses, services and municipal services will be permitted to reopen Friday as Ontario heads into Stage 2 of reopening the economy.

But please note, permission to reopen doesn’t mean that businesses and facilities will be open — and there will be protocols and measures in place for those that do.

The best advice if you are planning to visit a business? Call ahead or visit its website first.

Here’s a rundown of what is permitted to reopen — and what will actually be open in Ottawa:

• Outdoor dine-in services are permitted at restaurants, bars and other establishments starting Friday, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties. Ottawa city council has approved a motion that waives enforcement of various zoning provisions for temporary patios and outdoor retail spaces on private property until a temporary zoning bylaw is in place.

• Personal and personal care services, including tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons, can open with health and safety measures in place

• Shopping malls are reopening, including food services for take-out and outdoor dining only

• Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, can open, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries

• Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and swimming pools, can open on Friday.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ottawa

However, the city of Ottawa has said that it will likely be July 6 before the municipal beaches at Mooney’s Bay, Westboro and Petrie Island are open. Ottawa’s splash pads are expected to be operational by mid-June. However, the city doesn’t know yet when it can reopen indoor and outdoor pools, municipal museums and galleries and community centres for non-recreational activities.

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