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Downtown Secure Zone - Thursday, February 24, 2022

With ongoing operations by the Ottawa Police Service - Service de police d'Ottawa (OPS) to return the downtown core to a state of normalcy, the area of the secure zone has been reduced to the following parameters:

• Laurier Avenue to Parliament Hill • Bronson Avenue to the Rideau Canal

While significant gains have been made by the OPS, residents should expect the increased police presence to remain for the coming days. Those entering the secure zone are still required to provide lawful reason for entry at designated police checkpoints, which includes:

• Residency • Work • Shopping • Visiting a business

OPS has encouraged businesses within the secure zone to reopen as it is deemed safe to do so. OPS will be working with businesses in the area and business improvement agencies (BIA’s) in ensuring their safety for the foreseeable future.

The City of Ottawa has advised some services can resume in the downtown and surrounding area as of Tuesday, February 22, 2022:

• O-Train Line 1 service is fully restored from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair stations. • Route 85 has resumed regular service to and from Gatineau. • 15 bus routes serving downtown, as well as Para Transpo trips to and from Rideau—Vanier and Somerset wards, will be no-charge. This will be in place until 30 days after the City’s State of Emergency is lifted. • The traffic impacts remain fluid. Expect traffic delays in and around the secured area. Visit Ottawa’s interactive traffic map or follow Ottawa’s traffic Twitter for live updates. • The Ottawa Public Library’s Rideau branch will reopen tomorrow. The Main branch will remain closed until further notice. • Ottawa Public Health reopening vaccination clinics within the secure zone. • Sexual Health and Harm Reduction Services at 179 Clarence Street. • The Employment and Social Services (ESS) office, located at 370 Catherine Street. • The City has delayed resumption of its appointments for in-person counter service at its City Hall location until further notice. The Client Service Centre at Ben Franklin Place – 101 Centrepointe Drive – will be open for in-person services by appointment only – for both Service Ottawa and Building Code Services. Appointments for the Ben Franklin Place Client Service can be made through the online booking tool. People without internet access can reserve at time by calling 3-1-1 and choose option #6.

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