Guidance from Ottawa Public Health 

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Holiday Messaging

Spring Clean ups

Holiday Messaging

In advance of various celebrations such as Easter, Passover and Ramadan, Ottawa Public Health has prepared messaging to be shared with your residents. The information can also be found on the Ottawa Public Health Website under Mass Gatherings.

The Province of Ontario has said that we should not gather in groups of more than 5 people unless:

Other activities like weddings, parties, play dates, and services within places of worship are prohibited and should not take place.

We MUST all practice physical distancing and keep 2 metres or 6 feet away from others when we are out. This is very important so we can stop the spread of COVID-19.

During times of the year when celebrations are happening:

Being apart from family and friends can be very difficult for all of us. It's normal for situations like COVID-19 to affect your mental health. Everyone experiences these events in their own way. It is completely normal to feel stress and concern during these times and so it is important to practice positive coping strategies.

Below is a listing of Mental Health Resources available to you. If you are in crisis, please contact the Mental Health Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 day a week) at 613-722-6914 or if outside Ottawa toll-free at 1-866-996-0991. If you (or your child) are experiencing thoughts of suicide or harming yourself, please call 9-1-1.

For more support and help, visit our mental health webpage.

It is imperative that everyone in Ottawa practice physical distancing and avoid groups to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Visit the Government of Canada's website for more information.If you have any questions, please send an email to the Mass Gatherings and Events Taskforce at To report a mass gathering, please contact 311 for assistance.

Spring Clean ups

Can I / a group of people (e.g., my family) clean a park, roadway, our property?

Due to the current COVID-19 situation no clean ups should be undertaken off your property. Residents have been advised to stay home and limit all non-essential activities outside of your home and property. Please understand this is a difficult decision as in all other situations the City of Ottawa greatly appreciates the support from the community in these clean ups. Please remember that all parks are closed, and only walkthroughs are permitted while respecting physical distancing.

If you or your household wish to initiate a clean-up activity in your own property, please take into consideration the following related guidelines and legislative and enforcement measures;

Please also undertake the following precautions when cleaning:

We thank you for your interest in keeping your community clean, green and litter-free. Continue to stay at home and stay healthy.

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