COVID-19: Information for Businesses

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Downtown Rideau B.I.A. (DRBIA) is working closely with all levels of government to help keep businesses, employees and the public safe and healthy.  As stewards of the Downtown Rideau community, our primary role in this time of crisis it to ensure our members can access accurate, up-to-the-minute information from the appropriate expert sources as quickly and effectively as possible.

Support for Downtown Rideau Businesses

The Downtown Rideau B.I.A. is engaged and actively working closely with the City of Ottawa, Mayor’s Economic Partners Task Force, relevant agencies and other B.I.A.s throughout the city, to establish support programs for our business members during closures, and in preparation to reopen.

Support includes:

Stay Safe and Healthy

As the #COVID19 situation unfolds, please be mindful of its impact on your #MentalHealth. It’s normal for situations like this to affect you and it’s completely OK to ask for help. If you need support, Distress Centre Ottawa is available 24/7 at 613-238-3311 or

Our DRBIA team has prepared the following resource links for your quick reference:

Government of Canada

Provincial of Ontario

City of Ottawa

Other Resources:

Credible Sources of Information

Please continue to visit the above credible sources of information and follow updates from Ottawa Public Health, Councilor Fleury and the City of Ottawa for the most accurate information as it becomes available.  Our team will continue to post updates to the NEWS page on the DRBIA website with real time information on COVID-19 recommendations as it relates to member businesses.

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