Masks are now mandatory in Ottawa, as of today.
The order, set by the region's health officers, actually covers all of Eastern Ontario. Non-medical masks are required for all indoor visits except for children under two and those that cannot physically wear a mask.
Businesses are expected to highlight the requirement but don't need to police it. We received an email from one pub that reminded patrons that they didn't need to wear a mask to eat their food on the patio – but it is required if they go inside to use the washroom.
It's going to be annoying the next few days as we go through the heat wave, understandably. But it's the right decision to protect staff and other customers.
BTW Mandatory masks don't have to mean ugly masks. Selom Couture is one of the best made-in-Ottawa masks that we’ve found. Vibrant colours, vivid patterns, some have ties instead of less comfortable elastic hooks…there’s lots to love here. Selom Couture also makes tote bags and scarves. DM Angy, the creator of the masks, for inventory and pricing. [Instagram]
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
Weather: 🌦️ 30% chance of showers. High of 33° Heat wave declared
Quote: “We have purchased a lemon, that is clear. And I don't have any faith that the people who are trying to fix the trains know what they're doing” – Councillor Carol Anne Meehan on news that the Federal Transportation Board is assessing the Confederation Line's wheel problems. [CBC]
⭕ There have been 2118 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of eight since yesterday, and 263 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports – a ten day streak.
⭕ All of Ontario has moved to Stage Two, now that Kingsville and Leamington in Winsor-Essex have moved. [CTV Windsor]
⭕ 72% of those surveyed don't want to fly with a person in the seat next to them. [Canoe]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️Man who crashed Rideau Hall last week was a conspiracy theorist who threatened Prime Minister Trudeau's life
▪️The City has opened three cooling centres; Environment Canada has declared a heat wave
▪️Learn about cycling in Ottawa with Jennifer Stelzer, from Envirocentre
🍽️ Food + Beer News
🍕Score Pizza, freshly opened in the Glebe, is offering 12-inch, stone-fired pizzas for $8 until Sunday July 12th. #onmyway [Score]
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According to the Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB), June 2020 sales were down 2% from June 2019. Residential-property category sales were up 1%, while condominium-property category sales were down 12% from June 2019. OREB president Deborah Burgoyne said “The resale market has rebounded to meet pent up demand.” Meanwhile, sale prices are up: the average sale price for a condo was £360,922, while the average sale price of a residential-class property was $575,623. There are fewer properties on offer. Burgoyne said “Residential inventory is now 52% lower than last year at this time, and condominium supply is down 42%.”
So, homeowners: Ottawa continues to be a Sellers’ Market.
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