The City of Hamilton will be moving into the “control” – red category within the Provincial COVID-19 Framework on February 16, 2021 at 12:01 am.
Mandatory Face Coverings By-Law – All residents are required to wear a mask or face covering in all indoor workplaces and indoor public spaces.
What is allowed/not allowed in the Red Zone – More Details
- Attractions and heritage institutions, including museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites and similar attractions are permitted to open with restrictions. Indoor tours are limited to a maximum of 10 patrons, outdoor tours are limited to a maximum of 25 patrons
- Concert venues and theatres are closed, unless they provide a drive-in or drive-through format.
- Cinemas are closed, except drive-in cinemas.
- Personal care services, including but not limited to hair salons, spas, tanning salons, tattoo studios, diet centres, and beauty salons are permitted to open.
- Services that require removal of a customer’s face-covering/mask are not permitted (e.g., facials,).
- Steam rooms, oxygen bars, bathhouses, sensory deprivation pods, and saunas remain closed.
- All restaurants, bars, concession stands, and other food and drink establishments may open for indoor dine-in, dining in outdoor areas such as patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent premises, and take-out, drive-through, and delivery service.
- Bars and restaurants are required to close to the public between 10 pm and 5 am, except for takeout or delivery.
- Liquor can only be sold or served between the hours of 9 am and 9 pm.
- No liquor can be consumed on the premises between 10 pm and 9 am (including employees).
- Enclosed domes are allowed if they meet specifications listed by the province
- Nightclubs are not permitted to open, except for the purpose of serving food or drinks to patrons in accordance with the conditions that apply to restaurants and bars.
- Malls are allowed to open
- Food court seating areas are closed
- Restaurants within the mall may open
- Facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities, including gymnasiums, health clubs, community centres, multi-purpose facilities, arenas, exercise studios, yoga, and dance studios, and other fitness facilities, may open for sports and recreational fitness activities with restriction.
- No spectators are permitted within the facility, except each individual under the age of 18 years can be accompanied by one parent/guardian.
- Outdoor recreational amenities that are not a facility or part of a sports and recreational facility such as golf courses, horse riding, tennis courts and more are permitted to open.
- Gathering limit for all organized public events and social gatherings:
- 5 people indoors
- 25 people outdoors
- Religious services, weddings, and funerals:
- 30% capacity indoors
- 100 people outdoors
- Meeting and event spaces
- 10 people indoors
- 25 people outdoors
- An indoor event or gathering cannot be combined with an outdoor event or gathering to increase the number of people at the event or gathering.
- Entertainment venues such as arcades and others – 10 patrons
- Restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments
- 10 people indoors
- Capacity limits for outdoor dining are based on physical distancing requirements
- Retail stores including discount and big-box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores and garden centres. Stores must post the capacity limit publicly
- 50% capacity for all stores
- Supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores, and pharmacies. Stores must post the capacity limit publicly.
- 75% capacity
In addition to the Framework guidance, members of the public are advised of the following:
- Every person must wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose, and chin during any period in which they are in an indoor area of a business or premise, with limited exemptions.
- Every person in a place of business or facility that is open to the public must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person, except from their caregiver or from members of the person’s household.
- Every person shall wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin during any period in which they are in attendance at an organized public event or gathering permitted (indoor or outdoor) and within two metres of another individual who is not part of their household.
- Every business that is open must at a minimum, screen individuals by posting signs at all entrances of the business or organization, in a location visible to the public, that inform individuals on how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entering the premises. As per the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s Instructions, certain businesses must actively screen patrons as well.
- All employees must be actively screened before they enter the premises of the business or organization using the Employee/Worker Screening Tool.
Parks & Outdoor
- Provincial parks and conservation reserves are open with restrictions
- Hamilton Conservation Authority conservation areas will be accessible.
- Nightly camping will not be available at Valens Lake Conservation Area during the lockdown. Masks are required in HCA public buildings.
- The boardwalk section of the Dofasco 2000 Trail, located between Fifth Road East and Eighth Road East will be closed until March 31, 2021 for maintenance.
- National Parks and Historic Sites – Check which Park is open
- City of Hamilton Trails is open
- Parks and playgrounds
- Ice rinks, Snowmobile, cross country skiing, ice-skating and snow-shoe trails are open
- Tobogganing hills and skating trails are open
- Conservation Halton parks– Crawford Lake, Hilton Falls, Rattlesnake Point, Mount Nemo, Kelso, and Mountsberg are open to members and the public for hiking and biking by pre-reserved visits only at parkvisit.ca. Robert Edmondson and Mountsberg Dam are open for fishing only, reservations are not required at these 2 locations.
- Gage Park Greenhouse will reopen on Friday, February 19 on a limited schedule.
- Disc Golf and Disc Lending available at King’s Forest Golf Course beginning February 20.
- Winter Golf at Chedoke Golf Course beginning February 16, weather pending.
- Indoor arenas available for seasonal ice rental. Some arenas open for permitted ice as of February 22 with additional arenas becoming available on March 1 if there is enough demand.
- Indoor pools available for open swim and lengths swim in a phased reopening approach beginning in early March, with additional pools reopening later in March.
- Select Hamilton Civic Museums will reopen by appointment in early March.
Food, Grocery & Retail
- Restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments may open for indoor and outdoor dining, take-out, drive-through, and delivery service.
- Downtown Hamilton Stores – What’s Open
- Hamilton Farmers’ Market is open. Use the York Blvd entrance – Check Hours
- Malls and restaurants within the mall are allowed to open; Food courts must remain closed
- Retail stores can open
Places to Visit near Hamilton
- Hiking Trails In and Around Hamilton
- Nature Attractions and Parks in Hamilton
- Exploring Ontario Provincial Parks
- 25 Outdoor Winter Activities in Hamilton
City Services & Other Facilities
- Hamilton Animal Services is open with some restrictions
- Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries; Offices will be open with limited public access
- City Hall and the Municipal Service Centres are closed to walk-ins. Appointments are required for in-person transactions, active health screening will be required. Make an appointment at 905 546 CITY (2489)
- HSR service – mask or face covering mandatory
- In-person renewal of parking permits for Dundas municipal car parks has resumed at the Dundas Municipal Service Centre. Appointments are required – call 905-546-2489 (CITY) to make an appointment. For all other permits, 80 Main Street West remains closed for in-person renewal.
- Emergency responses by Hamilton Police, Hamilton Fire Department, and Hamilton Paramedic Services
- Hamilton Public Library will open from Wednesday, February 17 for limited services including holds pick-up, computer use, printing and photocopying.
- Garbage, recycling and organics collection
- Essential services
- Provincial Offences Administration offices are closed to walk-ins. Appointments are required for in-person transactions, active health screening will be required. Make an appointment at 905-546-2489 (CITY)
- Online Hamilton Library Services
- Child Care Subsidy application (New and renewal)
- Ontario Works and update application (New and updates)
- Register a parking complaint
- Register a barking dog complaint
- Register a municipal by-law complaint
- Register a Tenant By-law complaint
- Animal Licensing application (New and renewal)
- Special Consideration (Waste) application
- Building Permit application
- Online building permit search
- Parking or parking ticket fine payment
- Status of case by accessing information online
- Property tax payment options and information
- Apply for Open Air Burning Permit
WHAT IS CLOSED
Events & Festivals
- All City-organized public events and in-person engagement activities
- All Hamilton Bulldogs games
Attractions & Facilities in Hamilton Closed
- Select City-run museums will be open in early March
- City Hall closed for walk-ins
- All Ontario Works offices remain closed
- All recreation centres, indoor pools, arenas, and community halls are closed to the public
- All scheduled programs and rentals for indoor facilities are cancelled
- Cineplex Theatres
- Landmark Cinemas