Event Central March 13 COVID-19 Statement

The following information was shared by Event Central on March 13:

Upon recommendations from the Province of Ontario, The City of Ottawa is closing all city-managed recreation facilities and community centres based on the recommendation of the Province of Ontario to limit gatherings of more than 250 people. This move will support social distancing and reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. All recreation facilities and community centres, including skating rinks, swimming pools, theatres, will be closed effective Monday, March 16 until Monday, April 5. This decision will be reassessed closer to that date.

In addition, the Federal Government is advising against non-essential travel outside of the country.

As people look to planned events and gatherings scheduled to take place throughout the Spring and Summer, we are encouraging that you review the risk assessment tool provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada at various stages of your planning. This tool can be accessed via their website.

In addition, Ottawa Public Health has updated their webpage with additional information surrounding gatherings and events.  Please continue to visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Coronavirus  for the most up to date information.

As communicated this morning, the City has established a centralized Task Force to assist organizers who are seeking support in applying the Public Health Agency of Canada’s risk assessment tool, and help people understand the mitigation measures and options available to them. Effective immediately, these enquiries can be directed to [email protected].

This inbox will be monitored between 0800-1600 hours daily.

This follows information shared by Event Central the same morning:

Mass gatherings are top of mind, as Ottawa has a second confirmed case of COVID-19, and several events are being cancelled locally and across the world.

To support organizers throughout this challenging time, the City is establishing a centralized Task Force. This Task Force will be responsible for the following:

  • Providing on-going and timely communications
  • Assisting organizers in assessing the risk associated with their individual event, and to better understand the mitigation measures and options available to them

Ottawa Public Health is developing new web content to provide guidance on considering risks and mitigations for events and mass gatherings. In the interim, please continue to refer to OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Coronavirus for the latest information. Given the situation is fluid, we recommend checking the page daily for updated guidance.