Health Statement

At OSDS, we care about your health and safety so here is what we should all do according to Ottawa Public Health to keep our community healthy, in general and against the Coronavirus or COVID-19:

What to do

  • Wash your hands OFTEN with soap and water (after every couple of dances); use hand sanitizer if you can’t wash your hands with soap and water.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just washed your hands with soap

  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand

  • STAY HOME if you are sick/not feeling well. Think of the safety of others but also your own (being sick makes us more susceptible to catch another bug).

  • Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres if you are sick

  • It is still recommended to get your flu shot if you haven’t already (so your immune system is not compromised by the flu virus which is still circulating in the community)

Were you travelling outside of Canada and returned in the last 2 weeks?

Travellers who have returned from Hubei province (China), Iran or Italy are advised to self-isolate and:

  • Call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 within 24 hours of arriving in Canada if they plan on travelling to Ottawa; 

  • Stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including those in their home, for a total of 14 days from the date they left Hubei province, Iran or Italy; 

  • Call Ottawa Public Health if they have any symptoms of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) such as fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing. 

All other travellers returning to Canada are advised to: 

  • Avoid crowded public spaces and places where they cannot easily separate themselves from others.

  • Monitor their health for 14 days when they return to Canada. While abroad, they may have come in contact with the novelcoronavirus (COVID-19); 

  • Call Ottawa Public Health if they have any symptoms of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) such as fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing; 

  • If you start having symptoms, isolate yourself from others as quickly as possible. Immediately call a health care professional or Ottawa Public Health. Describe your symptoms and travel history. To further protect those around you, wash your hands often and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.

Stay informed


We will have hand sanitizer around the OSDS venue and we will let you know if Ottawa Public Health advises that we should cancel mass gatherings/our dances. As we are posting this, they are not calling for that on their website.

Older adults, people with immune compromising conditions and chronic diseases should be informed that they appear to be at greater risk of developing a severe version of the disease if they do get it. Please take this information into account when attending mass gatherings with close proximity such as dances.

As of today, there is only two official cases detected in Ottawa, travellers returning from Europe. Epidemiologic evidence shows that COVID-19 manifests as a non-severe disease in most cases (~80 %). 

Keep calm, stay informed and follow precautions as dictated by the Public Health departments of Ottawa, Ontario and Canada. For more information, please read: https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/novel-coronavirus.aspx.

Thank you!


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