COVID-19 UPDATE FOR APRIL 1, 2020
Below you will find today’s updates on the COVID-19 situation.
My team and I are monitoring the situation closely and sharing resources and information in our daily newsletter, on our COVID-19 Information Hub, on Facebook, and on Twitter. Our goal is to help you have the latest facts at your fingertips during this challenging time.
Please continue to follow updates from Ottawa Public Health.
- Guide to Financial Assistance during COVID-19
- Quebec police limiting Ottawa-Gatineau border crossings
- Ontario asks businesses to submit proposals to make medical equipment
- Burn ban in effect
- Changes to Ottawa Police non-urgent telephone reporting hours
- Ottawa Public Library
- City Parks and Outdoor Spaces
- Postponed! RBC Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards
- ROSSS Community Update
Guide to Financial Assistance during COVID-19
- The City of Ottawa has published a helpful guide to COVID-19 financial support AVAILABLE HERE.
Quebec police limiting Ottawa-Gatineau border crossings
- As of noon today, the Quebec Government has set up checkpoints to limit non-essential travel from Ottawa into Gatineau.
- The restrictions will not affect essential service workers and people seeking health care and services.
- Ottawa Police have no plans to set up officers on the Ottawa side of interprovincial bridges.
- We will share more details as they become available.
Ontario asks businesses to submit proposals to make medical equipment
- The Ontario government launched a new $50M fund today to help businesses manufacture medical gowns, coveralls, masks, face shields, testing equipment and ventilators.
- Businesses, researchers and organizations who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to help fight COVID-19 can submit a proposal online.
- The Ontario government says they will select the most viable, innovative proposals that can help provide essential goods and services to residents as quickly as possible.
- Official news release here.
Burn Ban in Effect
- Ottawa Fire Service has implemented a burn ban as of today, April 1. This is not only to help prevent spring brush fires but to free up first responders for other emergencies right now during the COVID-19 pandemic. For full explanation of what this means please go to www.ottawa.ca
Changes to Ottawa Police non-urgent telephone reporting hours
- The Ottawa police have set new hours for their telephone reporting unit.
- The unit will now take public calls seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (it had previously been open from 7 a.m. to midnight).
- The reporting unit is for people who are unable to access computers to report cases of theft, lost property, damage to property, complaints about traffic, drugs, fraud or hate-related incidents.
- The unit can be reached at 613-236-1222, extension 7300.
- A reminder that for COVID-19 issues, Ottawa by-law officers have new powers to monitor and enforce calls related to:
- Gatherings of more than 5 people
- Gatherings in parks/using play structures
- Restaurants that offer dine-in services
- Non-essential retail businesses continuing to operate
***If you witness these issues please call 311***
- The Ottawa Police Service will continue to enforce the Quarantine Act that requires people who have been travelling to self-isolate for 14 days. Complaints related to quarantine orders should be reported to the non-urgent Ottawa Police phone line at 613-236-1222 ext. 7502
Ottawa Public Library
Ottawa Public Library branches will remain closed until April 13, pending further directions from the Province and City.
Ottawa Public Library has a special new section of the OPL website to help residents of all ages stay busy and engaged during this strange and difficult time of physical distancing. The new section Isolation Recreation / S’isoler sans s’ennuyer includes streams for home study, entertainment and learning for all ages online.
The Library’s extensive eContent can help school-aged children learn new things and expand their horizons – in addition to supporting parents who want their kids to keep up with curriculum-based learning at home.
Login with your library card to access online resources for kids such as:
- eBooks and eAudio homework help using excellent books on science, history, and other subjects
- Interactive children's encyclopedias and databases such as Learning Express, that help improve writing, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, reading comprehension and math skills for learners starting in grade 4
- TumbleBookCloud Jr. and TumbleBook Library offer Books, read-along chapter books, and graphic novels for preschool and school-aged children, as well as educational videos from National Geographic and eAudiobooks
- TumbleMath, a comprehensive collection of online math, story and picture books with narration, animation, lesson plans and quizzes that will keep kids in the math game
- Just for Kids – Access Video which includes more than 8,000 fun and informative video and audio titles
- L’amour des temps, which offers online courses to improve French grammar
- Scholastic, which offers great home projects to encourage reading from Pre-K to Grade 9, such as daily readings with related activities and learning content such as puzzles, discussion questions, and videos.
OPL is also well-stocked with eContent for adults to keep our brains engaged and to relax and enjoy our time at home.
Login with your library card to access a wide selection of eResources for adults such as:
- Hoopla, Kanopy, PopcornFlix, National Film Board which provide many thousands of movies, documentaries, television shows, and music albums, from the latest to the classics, from art-house to world cinema
- Lynda.com and ArtistWorks, which offer expert-led tutorials in various skills, from business and technology to playing a musical instrument
- Mango Languages, which offers 40 online language learning courses for English speakers and 15 English courses for non-English speakers
- Newspapers such as the New York Times, the Ottawa Citizen and the Globe and Mail and dozens of international papers, which are available through Press Reader while Flipster and RBdigital give access to current editions of top-shelf magazines
- OPL participates in a weekly Twitter conversation called #AskALibrarian, where the savviest reading suggestions abound for all tastes – Thursdays at noon @opl_bpo
This selection is only a portion of the quality eContent available for FREE with an OPL library card. Bookmark www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca and check in often. The Library’s InfoService is available by phone 613 580-2490 or email InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca, Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm while OPL branches are closed due to the current COVID 19 shutdown.
City Parks and Outdoor Spaces
Amenities such as skateboard parks and basketball courts that encourage the gathering of people are closed and cannot be used at this time. Please stay off all park equipment until it is deemed safe to do so. This includes:
- Play structures
- Adult fitness stations
- Benches and picnic tables
- Park equipment is not being cleaned and could potentially spread the harmful COVID-19 virus. Park equipment has surfaces that are touched frequently and are not safe to use at this time.
Safe park practices that are permitted include:
- Running, walking or jogging maintaining safe distances from others
- Riding your bike on a pathway
- Exercise or stretches, performed on your own
- Casual play with members of your household
Other outdoor spaces
- Outdoor spaces are only safe to use if you continue to practice physical (social) distancing while doing so. Access to City parks is permittable if you are respecting physical (social) distancing guidelines as set out by Ottawa Public Health. Please keep a safe distance of 2 metres.
- Participation in group sports, practices, training or activities that can put you at risk of contracting COVID-19 is prohibited. This includes:
- Playing soccer or basketball in a group setting
- Group picnics in the park
- Playdates with other children, even in an outdoor setting
You can continue to enjoy being outside while respecting physical distancing guidelines, by going for a walk in your local park or neighbourhood. Members of your household can join you, as long as they are not showing symptoms.
Postponed! RBC Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards
A big thank you to all of the individuals who nominated a youth for this year’s RBC Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards. We received over 120 nominations and are continuously amazed at the contributions of youth in our community.
To ensure the safety of the youth and the community, we have decided to postpone the 23rd annual RBC Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards Gala to the Fall. The new date is October 27th, 2020. We did not take this decision lightly, but we felt it was important to postpone to a time when we could give these remarkable youth the celebration that they deserve!
Please follow us on social media as we will be updating details about the Gala and sharing the recipients and their stories virtually!
ROSSS Community Update
They will continue to provide services and work hard to meet the needs of our community during this time. To ensure everyone’s safety, their offices will be closed to the public. Frozen meals are still being delivered through our Meals on Wheels program, on a weekly basis.
Essential transportation services, such as medical appointments and prescription pick ups, remain available at this time.
If you are concerned about paying your invoice, please know there are multiple ways to make the payment. Credit card payments can be made over the phone, the $2 processing fee is being waived at this time. They understand that this is a difficult time and are here to support you in the best way possible, so please feel free to call Julie at 613-692-4697 x 221.
They have partnered with your local grocery stores to provide a free grocery delivery service to seniors and adults with disabilities in our community.
To access this service, please all 613-692-4697 x 241.
1-833-456-4566 Ottawa Distress Center
613-692-9992 or 1-855-892-9992 A Friendly Voice
Virtual Social Programs
With the aim to help alleviate some of the isolation we might be feeling at this time, ROSSS is working on setting up some daily social programs which will be interactive and accessed by phone.
Some of the programs they are working on are trivia, fun facts, topics of all kinds, presentations and speakers, all of which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your favourite armchair.
They will be in touch……
ROSSS Golden Ages Gala
ROSSS has had to make the difficult decision to postpone their Golden Ages Gala to 2021. They did not come to this decision lightly, but as the safety and wellbeing of staff, clients and potential Gala guests, they are confident this is the right decision. All photo shoots relating to the Gala, and the book are on hold until further notice. They will certainly inform you as we confirm more details and thank you for your understanding