Here is a list of what is open and closed in Hamilton when Ontario’s COVID-19 restrictions are in effect.
Ontario is entering Step 3 of the Summer Reopening Plan on July 16th.
What is Open/Closed in Hamilton:
Starting July 16th:
- 25 people indoors
- 100 people outdoors
- Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted with physical distancing.
What is Open for in-person shopping/activities:
- All non-essential, essential retail stores and shopping malls open with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
- Outdoor and indoor dining permitted with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres
- No limits on the number of people per table
- Buffets permitted
- Open, including services that require the removal of a face covering, with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres and other restrictions.
Attractions & Recreational Facilities:
- All museums and indoor attractions are allowed to open.
- Public libraries are allowed to open
- Outdoor amusement parks and waterparks.
- Outdoor fairs, rural exhibitions, festivals and similar outdoor events.
- Performing arts – Indoor open at a maximum capacity of 50% or 1,000 people (whichever is less) and other restrictions. Outdoor open. For unseated events, spectators permitted at a maximum capacity of 75% or 5,000 people (whichever is less)
- Cinemas open – Indoor open at a maximum capacity of 50% or 1,000 people (whichever is less) and other restrictions.
- Tour and guide services
- Boat tours (Boat tours and cruises in Ontario)
- Personal fitness and training – Indoor fitness classes and personal training permitted, with maximum capacity of 50% and other restrictions
- Day and overnight camps for children
- Drive-in & Drive-Thru Events (In-person Events)
- Drive-In Theatres
- Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks (Reserve Your Visit in Advance to Popular Ontario Parks)
- Airbnb and other Short term rentals
- Hotels, motels, lodges, cabins, cottages, resorts, student residences.
- Beaches, Outdoor swimming pools, baseball diamonds, batting cages, soccer, football and sports fields, tennis, platform tennis, table tennis and pickleball courts. basketball courts, BMX parks, skate parks, frisbee golf locations, cycling tracks and bike trails, horse riding facilities, shooting ranges including those operated by rod and gun clubs
- Golf courses and driving ranges
- Financial services like banks
- Healthcare services
- Veterinary services and other businesses that provide pet services and for the health and welfare of animals, including:farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters
research facilities, pet groomers, pet sitters, pet walkers, pet trainers (including for service animals)
- Laundromats and drycleaners
What is closed:
- None. All allowed to open with capacity restrictions.
City of Hamilton Services
- Residents are encouraged to access municipal services online where available.
- The Animal Services counter is open by appointment only for lost pet pick up and drop off. License fee payments can only be completed online or by phone.
- There are some impacts to building inspections, permits and zoning by-laws. Services are not available in-person at this time.
- Business licensing, trades and taxi services along with lottery licensing, liquor licensing and sign permits are available Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm by phone or email.
- Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries remain available to serve families.
- City Hall and the Municipal Service Centres are closed to walk-ins. As of July 5, 2021, City Hall, Municipal Service Centre counters and the POA office are open by appointment only.
- All Ontario Works offices remain closed. Current OW clients may contact their case manager directly with any questions or call 905-546-4800.
- There are some impacts to parking operations.
- In-person renewal of parking permits for Dundas municipal car parks are currently unavailable.
- For all other permits, 80 Main Street West remains closed for in-person renewal. Permits can be paid for over the phone by Visa/Mastercard by calling 905-540-6000, or by a cheque dropped through the mail slot located at the front entrance of 80 Main Street West location. A Customer Service Representative will assist you in the mailing out or pick-up of your permit.
- Outdoor pools and the Dundas Driving Park Wading Pool are scheduled to reopen June 28, 2021. Remaining Wading Pools scheduled to reopen July 5, 2021. Splash/spray pads are open for the season.
- The Provincial Administration Offences Office will remain open for in-person appointments for filings only.
- All in-person Recreation Centre and Senior Centre programming is cancelled and will be reviewed as part of Step 2 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen.
- All municipal soccer fields, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts, skateboard parks and the Gage Park Pump Track are open with some restrictions.