Ontario Implements Province wide Emergency Brake

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Ontario Implements Provincewide Emergency Brake The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing a provincewide emergency brake as a result of increasing cases of people contracting Covid-19 and hospitalizations across the province. The provincewide emergency brake will be effective Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 am. and the government intends to keep this in place for at least four weeks. The provincewide emergency brake would put in place time-limited public health and workplace safety measures to help to stop the rapid transmission of COVID-19 variants in communities, protect hospital capacity and save lives. Measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Prohibiting indoor organized public events and social gatherings and limiting the capacity for outdoor organized public events or social gatherings to a 5-person maximum, except for gatherings with members of the same household (the people you live with) or gatherings of members of one household and one other person from another household who lives alone.

  • Restricting in-person shopping in all retail settings, including a 50 per cent capacity limit for supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers' markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies, and 25 per cent for all other retail including big box stores, along with other public health and workplace safety measures;

  • Prohibiting personal care services;

  • Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining. Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments will be permitted to operate by take-out, drive-through, and delivery only;

  • Prohibiting the use of facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness (e.g., gyms) with very limited exceptions;

  • Requiring day camps to close; and,

  • Limiting capacity at weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 15 per cent occupancy per room indoors, and to the number of individuals that can maintain two metres of physical distance outdoors. This does not include social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions, which are not permitted indoors and are limited to five people outdoors.

Where to Get Tested in Ottawa COVID-19 CHEO Assessment Centre and Kids Come First Care Clinic at Brewer Park Arena, 151 Brewer Way

COVID-19 Care and Testing Centres

COVID-19 Assessment Centre for Adults at Brewer Park Arena, 151 Brewer Way, Ottawa

COVID-19 drive-thru assessment centre at City Hall/National Arts Centre, 110 Laurier Avenue West

  • Click here to book an appointmentor call 613-737-8193 (Please note telephone booking is reserved for those who do not have internet access. It is not an information line.)

  • To cancel your appointment, please email: DTTI@toh.ca

COVID-19 Testing at Three of the Ottawa Community Health Centres

  • Centretown Community Health Centre, 420 Cooper Street

  • Click here to book an appointmentor call 343-553-2661 (Please note telephone booking is reserved for those who do not have internet access. It is not an information line.)

  • Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, 221 Nelson Street

  • Click here to book an appointmentor call 613-789-1500

  • Somerset West Community Health Centre, 55 Eccles Street

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COVID-19 Pop-Up Testing Site at the AMA Community Centre, 1216 Hunt Club Road

  • Book an appointment:

  • Same-day walk-ins from the Sawmill Creek community are welcomed and will be provided with a ‘just-in-time’ COVID-19 test

  • Although it is not necessary to schedule an appointment beforehand, there is an option to reserve a time slot by calling 613-737-8193

  • To cancel your appointment, please call 613-737-8193

COVID-19 pop-up testing site at Vanier Community Service Centre

  • Book an appointment by calling 613-288-5353

  • To cancel your appointment, please call 613-288-5353.

COVID-19 Testing at Ontario Pharmacies If you are not showing symptoms, you can currently make an appointment at a select pharmacy. This is an interim measure. Please visit the province's website to ensure you have current information about testing options and locations available to you. The Ontario government announced that free COVID-19 testing will be available at select pharmacies throughout the province. Learn more about pharmacy testing. New Pharmacy Availability for Residents Over 55 COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Information The provincial announcement on Monday to extend vaccine appointments to residents aged 70 and older citywide has resulted in the booking of all appointments available up until April 7. More appointments will become available as the City receives more vaccine doses from the Province. Pop-up clinics in rural communities and high-risk neighbourhoods are also almost full, with only a small number of appointments still available at a few of these clinics. The City has opened a new pop-up clinic specifically for adult recipients of chronic home health care and we are now pre-registering two new groups for vaccination appointments in the future; faith leaders and health care workers in the high-priority category. Transportation to and from City clinics is available through Ottawa Community Transportation. Vaccination Appointments and Pre-Registration Open for High-Priority Residents Community Clinic Appointments are Temporarily Fully Booked There is currently a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines available. The provincial extension of the vaccine appointments this morning to residents aged 70 and older citywide has resulted in the booking of all appointments available up until April 7. In the coming days, as the city receives more vaccines from the province and the provincial booking system is updated, more appointments will become available. Residents will continue to receive vaccinations as planned. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming days. Residents Age 70 and Older in Rural Communities and Priority Urban Communities Appointments at City of Ottawa pop-up clinics in priority neighbourhoods continue to be available, including to residents in rural communities. If you are aged 70 or over (born in or before 1951) and you live in Ward 5 (West Carleton-March), Ward 19 (Cumberland), Ward 20 (Osgoode), or Ward 21 (Rideau-Goulbourn); or previously identified priority urban neighbourhoods, you can book your appointment at a near-by pop-up clinic. Call 613-691-5505 to confirm your eligibility and book an appointment. When you receive the voice recording press 2 for rural pop-up clinics. Rural clinics will be available at the following locations for a limited time:

  • Greely Community Centre

  • Navan Memorial Centre

  • Osgoode Community Centre

  • R.J. Kennedy Memorial Centre

  • Richmond Memorial Arena and Community Centre

  • West Carleton Community Complex

Adult Recipients of Chronic Home Care Across Ottawa If you are an adult recipient of chronic home care anywhere in the City of Ottawa, you can now book an appointment at a COVID vaccination clinic. Call 613-691-5505 to confirm your eligibility and book an appointment. Unreserved walk-ins will not be accepted at any location. Please book your appointment in advance. Adult Recipients of Chronic Home Health Care If you are an adult recipient of chronic home health care living anywhere in the City of Ottawa, you can book an appointment at the Canterbury pop-up clinic or any of the city’s other COVID-19 vaccination pop-up clinics. Call 613-691-5505 to confirm your eligibility and book an appointment. Patient-Facing Health Care Workers Pre-Registration Patient-facing high-priority health care workers (opticians, chiropractors, psychologists, registered massage therapists, etc.) are now able to pre-register for a vaccination appointment. Highest priority and very-high priority health care workers from Phase 1 who have not yet received the vaccine can continue to pre-register for appointments. Visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca to confirm eligibility and pre-register. Faith Leaders Pre-Registration Pre-registration is now open for faith leaders who, as part of their regular role, are at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the following circumstances:

  • End of life care

  • Care of the deceased, funerals, bathing, or other ceremony with direct contact with deceased persons

  • Home visits to unwell persons

  • Pastoral care in hospitals, long term care homes, retirement homes or other vulnerable settings

Faith leaders can visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca to pre-register for a vaccination appointment. First Nation, Métis and Inuit Populations Ottawa Public Health is partnering with Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health to provide a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for First Nation, Inuit and Métis community members age 16 and over at the St-Laurent Complex, located at 525 Côté Street. Call 613-691-5505 to book an appointment. Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team is providing vaccinations for all Inuit adults. To book an appointment with Akausivik or for more information, call 613-740-0999. For more information, please visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/IndigenousVaccine. Walk-ins will not be accepted at any location. Please book your individual appointment in advance. This includes walk-ins at the end of the day. Any remaining doses at the end of the day will be administered to eligible health care workers who have indicated they are available for a last-minute appointment. Confirm Your Booking When you book your appointments through the provincial booking system, you will receive a confirmation code. Please bring this code with you when you go to your appointments. If you do not have a confirmation code, your appointments were not successfully completed. Please revisit the provincial booking system or call 1-833-943-3900 to book your appointments and receive your confirmation code. Second Doses As per provincial guidelines, currently Ottawa Public Health is only booking second doses for First Nation, Inuit and Métis community members. All other individuals who have received their first dose at an Ottawa Public Health Clinic and are waiting for their second dose are encouraged to sign-up for the City’s e-newsletter and follow local news sources for more information. When second dose appointments are available the City will communicate to the public. Please do not call Ottawa Public Health at this time to try book a second appointment. More second dose details are available at