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The list of what’s open and closed in Ottawa can fluctuate depending on Ontario’s COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Check provincial and municipal guidelines for updated information after December 22nd.

The list of what is open and what is closed in Ottawa over Christmas, New Year’s Day and the interim holidays will definitely look a little different in 2020.

Ottawa residents have been advised by the local public health unit to stick to their households during the holidays this year amid the new coronavirus pandemic.

That council became regulation when the Ontario government announced that the nation’s capital will go into a full lockdown on Christmas Day with the rest of the province, banning indoor gatherings in private homes except single parents and people living alone.

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The lockdown measures will also limit the activities available to families in the last week of the year. Here’s a list of what you can expect from the city, stores and service providers to close 2020.


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Food and drinks

Grocery stores and department stores like Walmart and Costco are closing down for Christmas Day and reopening the second day of Christmas. The hours vary from place to place.

All LCBO stores will be closed on December 25, December 26 and January 1. Most LCBOs will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on December 24 and December 31, but check the liquor retailer’s website for specific store hours.

The beer shop closes at 18:00 on December 24 and remains closed on Christmas Day.

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The following beer shops in Ottawa will reopen on Christmas Day from 6 p.m. 11:00 to 17.00:

  • 499 Terry Fox Dr.
  • 1860 Bank St.
  • 1984 Baseline Rd.
  • 548 Montreal Rd.
  • 515 Somerset St. W.

The beer shop also closes at 18 New Year’s Eve and will remain closed on the first day of 2021.

Shopping

Dealers may only open for pick-up and delivery at the curb from 26 December.

Ottawa’s major malls are open on Christmas Eve (last-minute customers take note) but will be closed for Christmas. Once locked, shops in malls are allowed to open for pickup at the curb, just as food lanes can only be taken out.

Entertainment

Due to current restrictions related to the new coronavirus pandemic, Ottawa residents are limited in how they can spend their time and how many people they can spend it with.

Restaurants, even those designed for outdoor dining in the winter, are closed except for delivery and pick-up.

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Museums and art galleries will all be forced to close during the closure period.

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Many outdoor activities are still allowed, including publicly run ice rinks. The ice rink of dreams at the town hall will be open every day from 7.00 to 23.00, weather permitting.

Transit

The holiday service runs from 21 December to 1 January at OC Transpo.

Transit routes will be affected as follows during public holidays:

  • 21.-24. December: Reduced everyday schedule
  • December 25: Sunday program
  • December 26: Saturday schedule, with extra service on busy routes
  • December 27: Saturday program
  • 29.-31. December: Reduced everyday schedule
  • January 1: Sunday schedule

Para Transpo will operate according to holiday service on 25, 26 December and 1 January.

Service on Ottawa buses and light rail will be free after 6 p.m. 20:00 on New Year’s Eve.

OC Transpo encourages residents to celebrate the season only with members of their nearest household.


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Holiday times for OC Transpo’s customer service center in the Rideau Center are as follows:

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  • December 24: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • December 25: Closed
  • December 26: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • December 31: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • January 1: Closed

Vacation times for OC Transpo’s customer service line are as follows:

  • December 24: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • December 25: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • December 26: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • December 31: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • January 1: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City services

City of Ottawa Service Centers at 110 Laurier Ave. W. and at Ben Franklin Place will be closed on December 25 and January 1.

Pools, arenas and gyms will all be closed after December 26th.

While day care institutions are allowed to stay open during the closures, all municipal childcare facilities will be closed on 25 December, 28 December and 1 January.

All branches of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed on December 25, December 26 and January 1; Personal services in branches have been suspended due to the closure, but pick-up and return at the edge is still available.

Waste collection

There will be no curbs or debris for multiple homes, recycling or compost collection on December 25 or January 1. All scheduled Friday pickups will be pushed to Saturday during the holidays.

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Similarly, the Trail Road Waste Facility will be closed on December 25 and January 1 and reopen the following days.

Christmas trees are picked up on your household’s regular renovation day, but the municipality requests that all decorations be removed from the tree before disposal.

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COVID-19 test centers

Ottawa’s COVID-19 assessment centers will operate according to customized schedules over the holidays.

The Moodie Care Clinic is closed December 25-27 and January 2 and 3.

Heron Care Clinic will be closed December 23-27 and January 1-3.

The Ray Friel Care Clinic will be closed on December 25th.

Brewer Arena and CHEO Assessment Center:

  • Closed: 25 December and 1 January
  • Shortened days (8.30 to 15.30) on 24, 26, 27 and 31 December and 2-3. January
  • Shortened days (8:30 to 15:30, Brewer Adult Rating Center only) on 28-31. December

National Arts Center drive-thru test center:

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  • Closed: 25 December and 1 January
  • Shortened day (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) December 24 and December 31

McNabb Community Center:

  • Closed: 25-27. December and 1-3. January
  • Shortened days (10.30 to 15.30) 24 December and 31 December

Other public health services in Ottawa

The monitored consumption point at 179 Clarence St. will be closed from 25 to 28 December and 1 to 3 January. The program’s mobile van will be closed on December 24, but will be in operation from kl. 17:00 to 23:30 from December. January 25-3.

OPH’s sexual health clinic and satellite clinics will be closed from 24 to 28 December and 31 December to 3 January. The clinic will be open for appointments on 29 and 30 December.

The Ottawa Public Health Information Center will be closed for general calls on December 25, December 28 and January 1.

OPH’s COVID-19 telephone line at 613-580-6744 will be open from 8.30am to 3.30pm on 24 December, closed on 25 and 26 December, open from 9am to 4pm on 27 December, open from 8.30am to 6pm on 28th. December to December 30, open from 8.30 to 15.30 on December 31 and closed on January 1.

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Dental Clinic St. Laurent is closed on December 25, December 28 and January 1.

OPH’s baby phone is closed on 25, 26 and 28 December and 1 January.

To find out what healthcare services are running in case of an emergency, you can check holiday times here for a complete list of pharmacies, hospitals, clinics and more operating during the holidays.


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