Ottawa and Eastern Ontario Move to Orange Tuesday – Fifty-two days after Ottawa and eastern Ontario moved into lockdown, restaurants, non-essential businesses and gyms will be allowed to reopen for in-person services on Tuesday. The Ontario government announced Ottawa and eastern Ontario will move into the “Orange-Restrict” zone of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework when the stay-at-home order ends on Feb. 16.
In the “Orange-Restrict” level, restaurants can open for in-person dining, but last call is at 9 p.m. and capacity restrictions limit the number of people sitting at a table to four people. Businesses can also open for in-person shopping, and gyms will be allowed to open with restrictions.
The limits on gatherings will also change, with a maximum of 10 people permitted indoors at private residences and 25 people outdoors. We are not out of the woods yet. Remember to wear a mask, limit close contact to the people you live with, stay two metres apart from others, stay home when you’re sick except to get tested and practice proper hand hygiene.