Ottawa cancels indoor and outdoor rental agreements due to COVID-19 pandemic


The City of Ottawa is canceling major indoor and outdoor events at municipal facilities until the end of July due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a press release, the city said that due to current COVID-19 provincial restrictions, it is canceling its regular summer cultural and recreational programming and many of its rental agreements.

All rentals of municipal facilities for indoor events of 100 people or more and outdoor events of 250 people or more will be canceled for July.

The city will consider the rental of interior spaces that can accommodate up to 10 people on a case-by-case basis. Sports fields can be reserved for events of up to 10 people, provided that sports teams and clubs follow the guidelines of their governing organizations.

The city says that holders of rental agreements for indoor events of 11 to 99 people and outdoor events of 11 to 249 people will remember that their event could be canceled if the current Ontario COVID-19 restrictions on rallies remain in effect.

All existing arena reservations up to August 3 have been canceled. The following organizations can reserve ice time at selected arenas in groups of 10 or less:

  • A national sport organization funded by Sport Canada or a member club of such an organization

  • A provincial sport or multisport organization recognized by the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture or a club member of such an organization

  • A professional sports league or a club member of such a league

The city plans to reopen some ice sheets in July, depending on demand.


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