Covid-19 – Ottawa

PLEASE NOTE: CCMF-Ottawa’s physical office is partially open due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We remain operational and accessible via phone and internet. Our group and counselling services will continue via telephone or videoconference, and connection instructions will be provided in the regular reminder emails sent to group participants. For more information, contact us via phone or email (details here).

 

COVID-19 Update from Executive Director

Under the reopening act, charities were forced to close until a designated time was set to reopen. With the Covid-19 situation in Ontario lessening in severity the provincial government of Ontario has enabled charities to reopen. Under Provincial Order O. Reg. 263/20 community centres and multipurpose facilities may open to permit space to be used for: (Only Activities applicable for CCMF Ottawa are listed below)

  • The provision of social services;
  • Mental Health or substance use support services, as long as no more than 10 people are permitted to occupy the rented space

With this information, CCMF Ottawa is allowed to reopen and have staff, volunteers, and clients in the centre. However, because the space is not conducive to maintaining social distancing, and other covid-19 protocols the centre has remained closed to the public without appointment. 

As of November 2021, staff and volunteers will be permitted to work in the centre by the approval of the Ottawa Executive Director. All people will be required to maintain physical distances of 2 meters or 6 feet and wear a mask when this cannot be maintained. There shall never be more than 10 people in the centre at any given time. Client’s and members of the public must call and make an appointment before arriving at the centre, in order to that CCMF Ottawa maintains Covid-19 protocol.

In September of 2021, the centre will welcome back clients to the centre in hybrid programming. This is dependent on the factor of whether Covid-19 cases stay low in Ontario and the government of Ontario enables more people to be in the centre at one time. The first programs that will be in person will be 1-1 counselling sessions. These sessions will be held in the consultation room in the Ottawa Branch. Each person will remain 6 feet away from other persons present in the room. If this proves to be attainable and cases remain low more clients and programs will be brought back to the centre.

 

Statement written and approved by Nicholas Beaudin, Executive Director of CCMF Ottawa

 

Information on community agencies reopening was found at: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-reopening-recovery-rebuild/covid-19-reopening-guidelines-for-businesses-organizations/covid-19-guidance-community-agencies/

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