- Premier Doug Ford has confirmed Ottawa will be among the regions entering Stage 3 on Friday.
- In Stage 3, restaurants can resume dine-in service, movie theatres can reopen and up to 50 people can gather indoors.
- Ottawa reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and no new deaths.
- Online registration for city-run swimming lessons in Ottawa starts at 9 p.m.
- Starting today, masks are now mandatory on STO buses.
What's the latest?
Ontario Premier Doug Ford released details of the province's Stage 3 reopening plan today. It comes into effect on Friday.
Ottawa, along with a large swath of Ontario, will see a host of restrictions loosened under the new guidelines.
Gatherings of up to 50 people indoors and up to 100 people outside will be allowed, restaurants and bars can serve food and drinks indoors, movie theatres can reopen, recreational sports leagues can resume so long as there isn't prolonged contact between players, and gyms and fitness studios can reopen.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said Monday that measures such as wearing face coverings, handwashing and physical distancing remain key to ensuring that Ontarians can "safely enjoy the loosening of restrictions."
Transit riders on both sides of the Ottawa River will now have to don masks, as starting today they will be mandatory on Société des transports de l'Outaouais (STO) buses.
The first two weeks will involve educating riders about the new rules, before stricter regulations are put in place on July 27.
Online registration for city-run swimming lessons in Ottawa begins at 9 p.m., while classes are set to start next Monday.
How many cases are there?
There have been 2,159 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa and 263 deaths as of Monday. The vast majority of cases in the city, 1,837, are classified as resolved. Gatineau has reported 535 total cases.
Public health officials have reported more than 3,400 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, of which nearly 3,000 are resolved.
Kingston, which saw a spike in new cases in late June mainly related to a nail salon, reported no new cases of COVID-19 over the past week.
COVID-19 has killed 102 people outside Ottawa: 52 in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties, 17 in other parts of eastern Ontario and 33 in the Outaouais.
What's open and closed?
Eastern Ontario is in "Stage 2" of the province's recovery plan, allowing more activities and "circles" of up to 10 people that don't have to distance. Ottawa along with most of Ontario, apart from areas in and around the Greater Toronto Region and Windsor region, enter into Stage 3 on Friday.
Some streets in Ottawa's ByWard Market have now turned into patio space, including parts of Clarence Street, William Street and a section of the north side of York Street.
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A 17-block stretch of Bank Street will also close to vehicles on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until just before midnight. That will last until at least early August.
Ottawa's pools have begun to reopen along with five city rinks. Drivers are also once again subject to tickets if they violate posted time limits at on-street parking spaces.
The Ottawa Art Gallery and the Diefenbunker Museum reopened with restrictions last week. The National Gallery of Canada reopens Thursdays to Sundays, starting this Saturday.
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The province has also allowed bars, spas, water parks and casinos to reopen.
Quebec's back-to-school plans bring older students to classrooms again. Ontario has put three options for next school year on the table, while post-secondary schools are moving toward more online classes in September.
Distancing and isolating
The coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People don't need to have symptoms to be contagious.
That means physical distancing measures such as working from home and in Ontario, staying at least two metres away from anyone they don't live with or have in their circle.
The City of Ottawa has made cloth face masks mandatory in indoor public settings.
Anyone who has symptoms or travelled recently outside Canada must self-isolate for at least 14 days.
Specifically in Ottawa, anyone waiting for a COVID-19 test result must self-isolate at least until they know the result.
The same goes for anyone in Ontario who's been in contact with someone who's tested positive or is presumed to have COVID-19.
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Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly urges self-isolation for individuals who have weakened immune systems and Ottawa Public Health recommends people over 70 stay home as much as possible.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a dry cough, vomiting and the loss of taste or smell.
Less common symptoms include chills, headaches and pinkeye. The Ontario government says in rare cases, children can develop a rash.
If you have severe symptoms, call 911.
Where to get tested
In eastern Ontario:
Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.
Testing has also expanded for local residents and employees who work in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit area.
There is a drive-thru test centre in Casselman and assessment centres in Hawkesbury and Winchester that don't require people to call ahead.
Others in Rockland and Cornwall require an appointment.
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A COVID-19 assessment centre has opened in Alexandria, running Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only.
In Kingston, the Leon's Centre is now open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, replacing the previous location at the Kingston Memorial Centre. Find it at Gate 2.
Napanee's test centre is open daily for people who call for an appointment.
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark unit asks you to get tested if you have a symptom or concerns about exposure.
It has a walk-in site in Brockville open seven days a week at the Memorial Centre and testing sites in Smiths Falls and Almonte which require an appointment.
The public health unit in the Belleville area is asking people to call it, their family doctor or Telehealth if they have symptoms or questions.
You can arrange a test in Bancroft, Belleville or Trenton by calling the centre, or in Picton by texting or calling 613-813-6864.
Renfrew County is also providing pop-up and home testing under some circumstances. Residents without access to a family doctor can call 1-844-727-6404 to register for a test or if they have health questions, COVID-19-related or not.
If you're concerned about the coronavirus, take the self-assessment.
In western Quebec:
Outaouais residents should call 1-877-644-4545 if they have symptoms for further assistance.
Local communities have declared states of emergency, put in a curfew or both.
Akwesasne has opened a mobile COVID-19 test site available by appointment only. Anyone returning to Akwesasne who's been farther than 80 kilometres away is asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 to talk to a nurse. The community's reopening plan that's now underway.
Kitigan Zibi is planning for an Aug. 29 election with changes depending on the status of the pandemic at that time.
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