The Royal and COVID-19

Click here for coping tips from our experts and other useful resources. 

Please note: This page is being updated on a regular basis.

Client Information

The Royal has measures in place to protect your health while you are in our care. While things may be done a bit differently during this time, please know that our team remains dedicated to treating you with care and respect.

Day programs, outreach services, and drop-in activities

The Royal has suspended all day programs, outreach services, and drop-in activities until further notice. Outpatient appointment schedules may also be adjusted. You will be notified if your appointment or program has been changed.

If you have an appointment or are planning to attend an activity and you have fever and symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, shortening of breath), or if you are vomiting or have diarrhea, please call your treatment program in advance and ask if you should still come in. 

Visitor information

In order to reduce the risk of exposure to Coronavirus COVID-19 for clients and staff, visitors are not permitted at The Royal at this time. Exceptions may be made for compassionate reasons, please discuss this with your treatment team.

At Royal Ottawa Place, visiting will be restricted to only essential visitors (this is based on guidelines from Ontario's Ministry of Long Term Care).

Active screening measures are underway

Anyone entering the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Royal Ottawa Place or the Brockville Mental Health Centre is asked questions about whether they have cold and flu-like symptoms. Anyone experiencing symptoms that could indicate a viral infection will not be allowed to enter the building and may also be asked to follow up with public health or other healthcare professionals.

If a client who needs mental health care is not allowed to enter the building, their clinical team will work with them to ensure they receive the necessary support in other ways. 

This "taking care of myself" infographic is based on a resource that was originally developed by Sara-Richardson Brown, a recreation therapist at The Royal​.​ Click here to download and share in PDF format. 

Taking Care of Myself Infographic


Please note that upcoming events are cancelled 

Due to potential public health risks associated with COVID-19, it is in the best interest of our clients, staff, and community that we have cancelled all upcoming conferences and events hosted at The Royal until further notice. Families, please note that all Family Groups and Information Sessions in March and April have also been cancelled. In the meantime, there are many resources on our Mental Health Resources page that may be helpful for you.

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How will COVID-19 impact my care?

Add your questions to our COVID-19 Q&As

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Helpful tips

A great big list of things that can help you cope during practicing physical distancing and self-isolation

Stop the spread of germs

COVID-19 serves as a reminder of the importance of infection prevention and reducing the spread of germs. These practices will help to reduce the risk of spreading germs that are associated with the novel coronavirus and other viruses at any time of year:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using hand sanitizer when handwashing is not an option 
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm (and practicing hand hygiene after coughing and/or sneezing)
  • Staying home if you are sick or experiencing respiratory symptoms
  • Getting the flu shot and COVID-19 vaccines
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Support the C-PROMPT Urgent Care Clinic

The Royal has established a special clinic to address the most urgent mental health needs of our community.

For the members of our community who live with mental health challenges, coping is even more difficult during COVID-19. With services and supports reduced, people are unsure where to turn. The situation is getting worse every day, and if we don’t do something right now to ease their burden, we’ll face an immense mental health crisis in our community. Can we count on your help?