COVID-19: Update from the Municipality

March 13, 2020

Updated on March 16 at 9:35 a.m.


Latest news


Update from the CISSO on the situation in the Outaouais 

March 15: No cases have been reported yet in the Outaouais.
Read the press release


Quebec limits the capacity of public places

March 15: In its most recent press conference, the Government of Quebec limits the capacity of public places.  The Municipality will provide an update on its offices, library and community centres tomorrow.


Health emergency

March 14: The Government of Quebec declares a health emergency for a period of 10 days. More information (French only).


Closure of municipal offices

March 13: As a precautionary measure, the Municipality of Chelsea is closing municipal offices and the library until further notice. All non-essential activities are cancelled for the moment. The situation will be re-evaluated on Monday, March 16. Read the press release.


School closure

March 13: Quebec announces the closure of schools, CEGEPs and universities for two weeks. Know more.



A screening clinic and a preclinical evaluation are open in Gatineau. Anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19 is invited to call 1 877 644-4545 to make an appointment.


We invite all residents to keep abreast of the situation by keeping themselves informed through the various official sources, including:


Following the announcements issued by the Government of Québec concerning COVID-19, the Municipality wishes to inform you that we are closely monitoring the situation. The ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation (MAMH) has prepared a guide to support the municipal community and the Municipality has an Emergency Measures Plan that includes strategies in case of pandemics.

The MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais and its municipalities are currently working together to ensure open communication and take necessary measures.

For now, we would like to remind you that these measures are being taken to slow down the spread of the virus and maintain the capacity of the health system.



Frequently asked questions


As a precautionary measure, the Municipality of Chelsea has closed its municipal offices as well as the library until Monday, March 16 inclusively. 

Several community organizations have made the decision to cancel their activities. We invite you to consult their different websites to know more. 

Council meetings are public and must remain so. However, there is a limit for gatherings of more than 250 people.

The usual hygiene measures are applicable for Council members and the public. For example, the municipality may make alcohol-based disinfectant stations available to the public, arrange seating arrangements differently for the public, or hold the meetings in a room with a larger capacity.



No, however, municipalities may adopt any policy or measure to limit the risk of spreading viruses among their employees. For the time being, the Municipality's offices remain open.

For the time being, the municipal offices and the library are closed to the public. Municipal employees are required to work from home. 
The situation will be reassessed during the day of Monday, March 16.

The Municipality's maintenance team conducts a thorough cleaning of the Municipal Hall and the Library twice a day.




General preventive measures

  • Wash your hands often with warm running water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Observe good hygiene when coughing or sneezing and cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs.
  • If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterward.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Reduce your exposure to crowded places
  • Stay at home if you are sick



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