The rules: Orange-zone restrictions come into effect in Ottawa on Tuesday


Ottawa’s return Tuesday to the Orange-Restrict zone means that events and social gatherings in private homes, backyards and parks may now include 10 people for indoor gatherings and 25 for outdoor ones.

Organized public events and gatherings taking place in staffed businesses or facilities may now include 50 people indoors and 100 outside.

Meanwhile, indoor religious services, weddings and funerals will be limited to 30 per cent of capacity, while outdoor ones can have a maximum of 100 people.

Here are some of the other restrictions that will be in place:

Gatherings and close contact

Close contact should be limited to those in your household, while two-metre distancing should be maintained with others. Those living alone can have close contact with only one other household.


Businesses must screen employees using the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces, and post signs at all entrances informing people how to screen themselves.

They must also limit capacity to ensure people can keep two metres apart, and workers must wear PPE over their eyes, nose and mouth if they come within two metres of anyone not wearing a mask or face covering, or separated by plexiglass. Fitting rooms in stores cannot be adjacent to one another.

Restaurants and bars

Restaurants are limited to 50 people indoors, with no more than four people at any table. Guests must sit at least two metres between tables, and wear masks or other face coverings except when eating or drinking (except for those under the age of two, or those with medical documentation). Guests must also provide their names and contact information.

Establishments must close by 10 p.m., and alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m. or consumed after 10 p.m. Buffets are not permitted.

Sports and recreational fitness facilities

Indoor capacity is limited to 10 people per class, and 50 people in areas with weights and exercise machines. Outdoor classes will be limited to 25 people per class. One parent or guardian per child is allowed; spectators are otherwise forbidden.

With some exceptions, masks or face coverings must be worn except when exercising. In classes and areas with weights or exercise equipment, a three-metre distance must be maintained between individuals. Names and contact information must also be provided.

Team and individual sports must be modified to avoid physical contact, and leagues can have no more than 50 people.