State of emergency ends in Ottawa on Thursday
Mandatory mask bylaw to expire Aug. 26, but provincial masking rules to remain in place
After nearly sixteen months, the mayor has announced that the municipal state of emergency in the City of Ottawa will be lifted at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.
Jim Watson first made the declaration on March 25, 2020 as the pandemic was beginning, to allow the city to be "nimble" in procurement and how it organized staff.
NEW:<br><br>As we move closer to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CommunityImmunity?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CommunityImmunity</a> in Ottawa, I have advised the Province that the municipal State of Emergency will end as of 12:01am tomorrow, Thursday July 22. <br><br>While the pandemic isn’t quite over, this is an important milestone in our fight against COVID-19. <a href="https://t.co/uYRJEOotjT">pic.twitter.com/uYRJEOotjT</a>—@JimWatsonOttawa
Anthony Di Monte, head of the vaccine rollout and emergency services, recommended ending the municipal state of emergency, the mayor said.
Eighty-three per cent of adults in Ottawa have received a single dose of vaccine, and 68 per cent of adults have received two.
"I've been assured that de-escalating into 'activated operations' will neither impact day-to-day operations nor will it impede our ability to respond to future provincial direction on the pandemic," Watson told city council Wednesday.
Other communities have also lifted their emergency declarations, such as the City of Cornwall and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell on June 30.
City's mandatory mask bylaw will expire
During the news conference following Wednesday's council meeting, DiMonte confirmed the city's mandatory mask bylaw will be allowed to "sunset" when it expires on Aug. 26.
The city first enacted its own mouth-and-nose covering rules in July 2020.
Since then, the province has brought its own mask-wearing rules for public spaces.
The provincial masking rules will remain in place.