Ontario government has declared a state of emergency to combat the rapid rise of COVID-19. Social distancing norms and Public Health orders will be in effect.
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Ontario moved to Phase 2 from June 12th – Details
Most Regions outside Toronto-Hamilton Area to Move to Stage Two of Reopening From June 12th. The organized gathering limit is set at Ten.
Hamilton can move to Stage 2 from June 19th. – Details
What is allowed in Ontario during Stage 2
- Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties;
- Select personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons;
- Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos outdoor heritage institutions (e.g., landmarks, outdoor historic sites, botanical gardens), and other establishments primarily engaged in preserving and exhibiting objects, sites and natural wonders of historical, cultural and educational value are permitted to reopen with restrictions.
- Shopping malls under existing restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only;
- Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries;
- Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools;
- Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks;
- Camping at private campgrounds;
- Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing;
- Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations;
- Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing
Ontario Gathering Limits
- Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people
- Places of worship to reopen with attendance limited to no more than 30 percent of the building capacity
Parks & Outdoor
- Provincial parks and conservation reserves are open. Beaches and washrooms (from June 22 ) are also open.
- Hamilton Conservation Authority conservation areas will be accessible for passive recreation. All amenities will remain closed. However, the Waterfall and escarpment areas are closed.
- Camping at Ontario parks as backcountry & Crown land camping is allowed now and other campgrounds will open on June 22.
- National Parks and Historic Sites
- Campgrounds at Fifty Point and Valens Lakeis open to the public from June 1 and June 15, respectively.
- Golf courses are open. Book your tee time
- City of Hamilton Trails is open; Escarpment stairs are now open
- Skate Parks, Tennis Courts, Pickleball Courts
- Outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in parks and recreational areas are open for use
- Conservation Halton parks– Crawford Lake, Hilton Falls, Rattlesnake Point, Mount Nemo, and Kelso Summit are open for biking with paid access.
- Garden centres and nurseries, community gardens
- Dog Parks are open
- Spray Pads are open
- Fifty Point Marina & Boat Launch
- Reopening indoor and outdoor pools – During the week of July 6 & 13
- All beaches in Hamilton will reopen on Friday, June 19
- Outdoor team sports may resume for training purposes only
- 14 swimming pools to reopen from July 6 and 13.
- African Lion Safari is open for drive-thru.
- Select trails and outdoor garden areas atRoyal Burlington Gardens
- Drive-in Theatres
- Outdoor areas at Westfield Heritage Village are accessible (buildings remain closed)
- Dundurn National Historic Site (including The Hamilton Military Museum and Historic Kitchen Garden) will reopen on Monday, July 15
- Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site will reopen on Monday, July 15
- Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum will reopen on June 26th
- Royal Burlington Gardens
- Art Gallery of Burlington
- Art Gallery of Hamilton to reopen from July 16
Places to Visit near Hamilton
- Hiking Trails In and Around Hamilton
- Nature Attractions and Parks in Hamilton
- Exploring Ontario Provincial Parks
Food & Grocery
- Grocery Stores Open
- Patios are open from June 19th
- Restaurants with takeout options
- Outdoor Dine-in at restaurants from June 19th
- Hamilton Farmers’ Market with reduced hours
- All malls allowed to open including interior stores.
- Animal services, specifically pet care services, such as grooming and training, and regular veterinary appointments can reopen
- Retail services that are not located in shopping malls and with separate street-front entrances
City Services & Other Facilities
- Online Hamilton Library Services
- HSR service – Restricted load of 10 people on a 40 ft bus; and 15 people on a 60 ft articulated bus. Rear door entry, reduced schedules and essential travel only. (Fare collection, front door loading, and bus capacity to two-thirds the usual load will resume from July 1st.)
- HSR Customer Service ticket counter at 36 Hunter St. Go Station will resume normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
- Emergency responses by Hamilton Police, Hamilton Fire Department, and Hamilton Paramedic Services
- Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries
- Hamilton Public Library – Takeout (curbside) service of on-hold books, music, and movies, from June 23rd
- Critical Hamilton Water operations
- Garbage, recycling and organics collection; Temporary Leaf and Yard Collection Program
- Essential services
- Emergency child care for essential frontline workers
- Regular Leaf and Yard Waste collection
- Outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in parks and recreational areas
- Ontario Works – Contact the local Ontario Works office at 905-546-4800 or through the existing Online Application for Social Assistance (OASA)
- Parking Lots and Parking Meters – payment enforced
- HSR, TransCab and DARTS will resume fare collection and return to front door loading from July 1.
WHAT IS CLOSED
Events & Festivals
- All City-organized public events and in-person engagement activities
- All Hamilton Bulldogs games
Attractions & Facilities in Hamilton Closed
- City has suspended all City-run programming and has closed all City administration facilities
- Allpublically funded schools closed in Ontario until September
- All Movie Theatres, Playdiums & Rec Rooms
- All Municipal Facilities, including City Hall are closed
- All City-run and SEAT (Special Event Advisory Team) events and facility bookings are canceled through to July 2, 2020
- City-run museums
- Child Care – Red Hill Family Centre
- All Hamilton Conservation Authority – Waterfall and escarpment areas
- Conservation Halton parks – 5 parks are open with reservations
- All dine-in restaurants and Bars
- Hamilton Animal Services shelter
- Albion Falls, City play structures
- Gage Park Greenhouse
- All Municipal Service Centres
- All public and community engagement initiatives
- Museums of Burlington
- McMaster University has canceled all non-academic events and have moved all classes online.
- All events in the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre
- Core Entertainment and its venues: FirstOntario Centre, FirstOntario Concert Hall, and The Studio will be postponing or canceling all gatherings
- Woodland Cultural Centre
- Cineplex Theatres
- Landmark Cinemas