Step One vs. Yellow Zone: A look at COVID-19 restrictions in Ottawa and Gatineau
Customers enter Les Promenades shopping centre in Gatineau.
OTTAWA -- The Quebec government further relaxes COVID-19 restrictions in Gatineau and western Quebec today, allowing indoor gatherings and bars, breweries and taverns to reopen.
The Outaouais is one of ten regions across Quebec moving to the "Level 2 – Early Warning" yellow zone.
Under the yellow zone restrictions, indoor gatherings are permitted with members of up to two households. A maximum of eight people from different households or all the occupants from two households are allowed to gather outdoors. Bars, taverns and brasseries are also allowed to reopen at 50 per cent capacity, but singing and dancing remains prohibited.
As Gatineau enters the "Level 2 – Early Warning" zone, Ottawa is spending its first week in Step One of Ontario's COVID-19 reopening plan. In Ottawa, outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted, bar and restaurant patios are open and non-essential businesses are open at 15 per cent capacity.
CTVNewsOttawa.ca looks at the different rules in Ottawa and Gatineau as the COVID-19 restrictions ease.
Ottawa: Ottawa is in Step One of Ontario's three step Roadmap to Reopen plan.
Gatineau: Gatineau is in the Level 2 – Early Warning (yellow) zone
- Indoor gatherings: Prohibited
- Outdoor gatherings: Social gatherings and organized public events for up to 10 people are permitted.
- Indoor gatherings: Limited to the occupants of two households
- Outdoor gatherings: Maximum of eight people from different households or all occupants from two households
The Ontario government has imposed a non-essential travel ban on travel between Ontario and Quebec. The restrictions are scheduled to end on June 16.
The Quebec government says travel between regions and cities is "not recommended, but it is possible."
Quebec says its border between Quebec and Ontario is also closed to non-essential travel.
RELIGIOUS SERVICES, RITES OR CEREMONIES, INCLUDING WEDDING SERVICES AND FUNERAL SERVICES
- Indoors: 15 per cent capacity of the room is permitted
- Outdoors: Permitted with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of two metres
- A maximum of 250 participants are allowed in a place of worship.
- Weddings and funerals in places of worship limited to 50 people
BARS AND RESTAURANTS
Outdoor dining permitted with four people per table from different households
Indoor dining rooms remain closed
Restaurants: Open (including patios). The occupants of a maximum of two private residences can share the same table
Bars, breweries, taverns: Open with the following restrictions:
- 50 per cent of the maximum capacity stipulated on the liquor licence
- Occupants from maximum two private residences per table
- Customers must remain seated at their table
- Dancing and singing are prohibited
Terrasses are also open.
- Essential and select retail at 25 per cent capacity and can sell all goods (including discount and big box)
- Non-essential retail at 15 per cent capacity
- Retail stores in malls closed unless the stores have a street facing entrance
- All stores open. One person per household recommended
- Shopping malls must ensure adequate supervision of common areas to avoid any gathering or loitering
PERSONAL CARE SERVICES
- All personal care and esthetic care settings are permitted to open
- Reservations are mandatory for spas and a customer register must be kept.
SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL FITNESS FACILITIES, PERSONAL FITNESS AND SPORTS
- Indoor sports and fitness centres are closed
- Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor sports training and outdoor personal training allowed, with 10 patrons maximum
- Outdoor fitness classes allowed with 10 people maximum
- Gyms are open
- Sports and recreational activities permitted in public places in groups of up to 12 people
- Supervised sports and recreational activities may be carried out in groups of no more than 25 individuals. Organized games and matches as well as leagues are permitted, but spectators are not recommended.
- Indoor cinemas are closed
- Outdoor drive-in movie theatres are allowed to open
- Cinemas are open with a maximum of 250 people
- Eating and drinking permitted