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Open and closed in Ottawa on New Year's Day, January 1, 2021

Skating on the Rink of Dreams. Photo by Dave Yin from the OttawaStart Flickr pool.

Happy New Year! Here’s what’s open and closed on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2021 in Ottawa.

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Shopping & attractions

  • Ottawa entered a provincially-mandated lockdown on Boxing Day, which will continue for at least 28 days. Many businesses, including most stores, will therefore be closed on New Year’s Day.

  • If you do need last minute groceries, your best bet is the local convenience store, or Shoppers Drug Mart.

  • Some grocery stores are open on New Year’s Day, such as:

  • There are some restaurants that will be open for takeout or delivery, such as Zak’s Diner, Elgin Street Diner, Kettleman’s Bagels, the Sunset Grill at Lansdowne Park, and some Tim Hortons.

  • LCBO stores and Beer Stores close at 6pm on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31), and are closed on January 1.

  • SAQ stores in Quebec close at 5pm on New Year’s Eve and are closed on Jan 1. They’ll re-open at 1pm on January 2.

  • No Canada Post mail service on January 1 or January 2.

Need a doctor or emergency care?

  • You can find healthcare services open during holidays by checking iamsick.ca

City services:

  • There will be no curbside or multi-residential green bin, recycling, garbage or bulky item collection on Friday, January 1. Friday collections will take place on Saturday, January 2.

  • Christmas trees are collected on garbage day, along with your green bin.

  • OC Transpo is operating on a reduced schedule from December 21 to December 25, and Dec. 28 to Jan. 1. On New Year’s Day, service will follow a Sunday schedule. More info…

  • 3-1-1 service is open for urgent requests.

  • City Hall and Client Service Centres remain closed due to COVID-19.

  • The Provincial Offences Court remains closed due to COVID-19.

  • Recreation facilities will be closed as a result of the provincial lockdown as of Boxing Day.

  • Outdoor skating is open.

  • Libraries will be closed on Friday, December 25, Saturday, December 26 and Friday, January 1.