New COVID-19 Restrictions in Ottawa Gatineau Region

Ottawa Gatineau Wedding Industry Association’s top priority is the health and safety of our community and our clients as the situation regarding COVID-19 in Ottawa changes frequently. Ottawa follows the direction of the province of Ontario, which has a colour-coded system to identify what restrictions are in place. As of Saturday, December 26 at 12:01am, Ottawa and its surrounding regions and all of southern Ontario are in lockdown (grey level) until Saturday, January 23, 2021. Ontario’s restriction are very similar to the Quebec restrictions that are in force in the Gatineau area. The new enhanced restrictions and enforcement, means the following closures of activities relevant to weddings:

  • Restriction of organized public events and social gatherings to only members of the same household (excluding those who live alone, who may choose to have exclusive close contact with one other household).
  • Prohibition of indoor and outdoor dining (restaurants can continue to offer take-out, drive-through, and delivery).
  • Closure of museums and attractions.
  • Hotels and motels can remain open for business. However, pools, fitness centres, meeting rooms and other recreational amenities must be closed.
  • Personal care service providers (e.g. hair salons, barbershops etc.) were ordered closed.
  • Outdoor organized public events and social gatherings with physical distancing are capped at 10 people.
  • Weddings, funerals and religious services/ ceremonies are capped at 10 people indoors and 10 people outdoors. Physical distancing must be adhered to.
  • Note that outdoor recreational amenities including skating rinks, tobogganing hills, skating trails, cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails are permitted to remain open although ski hills must close. The Rideau Canal Skateway is currently closed but you can monitor here for updates re: opening and any new restrictions.

So what does this mean if you want to plan a wedding from December 26, 2020 through January 23, 2021? You can have an outdoor wedding ceremony and take-out reception for 10 people (including the vendors such as officiant and photographer). An indoor ceremony of 10 people can happen at an established venue not your home. In addition, all physical distancing and safety protocols must be followed (masks, hand washing). Bundle up folks.

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