What is open and closed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

As the year finally draws to a close, here’s a handy list of what’s open and closed when 2021 becomes 2022.

Convenience stores and malls

Most grocery stores close at 6pm on New Year’s Eve. Most open again on Sunday, but a few are open on New Year’s Day. It is best to check online or call in advance before going out.

With the COVID-19 restrictions that have recently come into force, bars and restaurants will close at 23:00, which means you will not be able to call in the new year at your favorite watering hole. Some restaurants are open New Year’s Day, but it’s best to call ahead.

The current restrictions also mean that shopping malls and most other indoor public spaces have capacity limits of 50 percent, including:

  • Restaurants.
  • Shopping malls and retailers, including grocery stores and pharmacies.
  • Personal care.
  • Gyms.
  • Marinas and boat clubs.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Indoor recreational facilities.
  • Tour and guide services.
  • Personal fitness trainers.
  • Strip clubs.

LCBO and Beer Store locations

Most LCBO stores close at 18 New Year’s Eve, but a few will have extended opening hours. All stores are closed on New Year’s Day.

Beer shops are open until 18 New Year’s Eve, but closed New Year’s Day.

City services

OC Transpo runs on a reduced weekday on New Year’s Eve. (Joseph Tunney / CBC)

Green trash, recycling and waste collection will not be delayed due to New Year’s Day.

Christmas trees are picked up on your regular collection day. Please remove all decorations. Christmas trees in plastic bags or frozen in a snow bank are not picked up.

OC Transpo runs on a reduced weekday on New Year’s Eve. On New Year’s Day, it runs on a Sunday schedule, and the Para Transpo holiday service is in effect. Details can be found here.

The Ottawa Public Library will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Fun things to do

Chilled outdoor skating rinks will run according to holiday plans. (Hallie Cotnam / CBC)

Many museums and art galleries are open during the holidays, but it is best to check online or call in advance before leaving the house because most run on changed schedules.

The Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum are closed to the public until at least January 19 due to increasing COVID-19 cases in the region.

In a release, the museums said they would check online for digital content during this time.

Pools, arenas and gyms will operate according to changing schedules throughout the holidays, which include public swimming and fitness facilities.

Cooled outdoor skating rinks including Rink of Dreams, Lansdowne Park Skating Rink, Ben Franklin Place Skating Rink and Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink will be on vacation plans, which can be found here.

The Shenkman Arts Center will be closed January 1-3.

COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Centers

Ottawa’s COVID-19 vaccine order line will be closed on New Year’s Day. (Jacques Corriveau / Radio-Canada)

Ottawa’s COVID-19 vaccine order line at 613-691-5505 will be closed Jan. 1 and will be open Jan. 2 and 3 from 7 p.m. 8.30 to 16.00

COVID test clinics are in operation, but some sites will have adjusted opening hours until January 3rd. A complete list of test clinics in the Ottawa area and the hours they operate is available here.

Other closures

Ottawa Animal Emergency & Specialty Hospital is closed due to COVID-19 exposure as employees tested positive. If your pet has life-threatening conditions, it can be seen with precautions, but the hospital redirects patients otherwise.

Alta Vista Animal Hospital and Ottawa Veterinary Hospital are also temporarily closed due to COVID-19 cases. The phone lines at the hospitals are likely to be busy, so administrators suggested checking online and on social media for updates and being extra careful to make sure pets do not need emergency care this weekend.

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