COVID-19: Information for Businesses

Provincial status on COVID-19

Update on July 31

As most of Ontario has moved into stage 3 of reopening, Ontario has transitioned into the recovery phase with the new Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act. While the provincial declaration of emergency has ended, the new act will provide the province with the necessary flexibility to address the ongoing risks and effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Some emergency orders that were previously in place under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, will continue under the new act. This includes orders related to labour redeployment in long-term care and retirement homes, stages of reopening, compliance with public health advice and gatherings.

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.

DRBIA Support includes:

  • Created a list of Downtown Rideau businesses providing services for promotion on the City of Ottawa’s #BuyLocal website, and consultation with the City on businesses’ challenges and needs.
  • Creating promotional campaigns supported with digital advertising: SUPPORT LOCAL…From A Safe Distance to assist members offering services during closures followed by STAYING SAFE TOGETHER to communicate what DRBIA members are doing to keep employees and customers safe during slow reopening.
  • Created a Downtown Rideau ONLINE STORE to host the SUPPORT LOCAL campaign linking to members’ online stores to promote on our networks, digital advertising and the City’s #BuyLocal web page.  Contact to link your online store.  Tag @DowntownRideau in your social media posts so we can share your information.
  • Created a Downtown Rideau COVID-19 Recovery Strategy

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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