While COVID-19 has drastically affected the tourism industry in Ottawa, leading to the closure of most businesses, the industry continues to show its resiliency through acts of “caremongering,” good faith, and by taking their experiences online. Examples are found in different aspects of everyday life.
The City of Ottawa’s newly formed Economic Partners Task Force (to help support businesses affected by COVID-19) launched the campaign Buy Local, aimed at supporting local businesses by encouraging residents to buy items and gift cards online, ordering take-out, supporting social media activity, and more. Similarly, Together Apart has compiled a list of businesses still operating in some capacity (delivery, gift cards, etc.), searchable by Ottawa neighbourhood.
Virtual Brewery Tour Trips and Wine and Cider Tasting go online, while the National Arts Centre, Ottawa and Canada’s home for performing arts, brings the arts online in a new way with their #CanadaPerforms series, highlighting Canadian artists during livestream concerts. Dairy Distillery, stepped up to redistill 10,000 bottles of finished Vodkow product to create pure alcohol needed to make sanitizer.
Ottawa restaurant The Waverley started a project that is gaining momentum called Operation Ramzieh, aimed at helping the community and feeding seniors in need, while other restaurants have joined an initiative called Love Local Delivery to help get their food to customers during COVID-19.
Similarly, the Canadian Museum of Nature changed their signage for the recent Me and my Microbes exhibition to promote handwashing, with help from the Ottawa Hospital. Ruckify and the United Way East Ontario have joined together in a relief initiative to provide technical equipment for social service providers (such as doctors and counselors) to help them continue to offer services during mandated closures and physical distancing.