The Ontario government is imposing a provincewide stay-at-home order effective April 8, 12:01 a.m, in an effort to combat a recent spike in COVID-19 infections.
Here is a list of what is open and closed in Hamilton.
- Stay-at-Home order requires everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. Official Rules For When You Can Leave Your House During Ontario’s Stay at Home Order
Police can stop anyone to ask why they’re not at home and where they live.(Revoked on April 19th)
What is Open/Closed in Hamilton During Stay-at-home order:
- Indoor public events and social gatherings are prohibited, except for those in the same household. People who live alone can be in close contact with one other household.
- Outdoor gatherings are also limited to those in your own household effective April 17th.
- Weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies effective April 19th:
- 10 people indoors or outdoors.
- Social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions, will be prohibited except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone.
- Drive-in services will be permitted.
What is Open for in-person shopping/activities:
- Supermarkets, convenience stores, indoor farmer’s markets and other stores that primarily sell food can open for in-person retail (25% capacity where two metres physical distancing can be maintained), curbside pick-up and delivery
- Pharmacies can open for in-person retail (25% capacity where two metres physical distancing can be maintained), curbside pick-up and delivery
- Outdoor garden centres, plant nurseries and indoor greenhouses can open for retail sales with a capacity limit of 25 per cent.
- In-person sales at discount and big box stores are limited to necessary goods like groceries, household cleaning supplies and pharmacy items.
- Certain retail stores can open for in-person, appointment-only sales between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., up to 25 per cent capacity. Those businesses include: safety supply stores, businesses that sell, rent or repair medical devices and other aids, rental and leasing services for vehicles, machinery and other equipment, stores that sell prescription eyewear, businesses that sell vehicles, boats and watercraft, vehicle and equipment repair services, telecommunications service stores offering repairs and technical support
- 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
- All outdoor parks
- Hotels, motels, lodges, cabins, cottages, resorts, student residences.
What is Open By Curbside Delivery
- Restaurants: Take out, drive-through and delivery permitted, including the sale of alcohol
- Libraries are open for curbside, delivery and pick-up.
- Non-essential retailers are limited to curbside pick-up and delivery between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Delivery is permitted between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
- Shopping Malls access is limited to curbside pickup and only by appointment.
What is closed:
- All non-essential retail for in-person shopping.
- Restaurants for in-person dining. Takeout allowed
- Drive-in events, Drive-in Cinema, Drive-thru events
- Campgrounds and Short-term rentals for a recreational stay
- All outdoor play equipment
- 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
- Amusement parks, water parks
- Bathhouses and sex clubs
- Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
- Concert venues, theatres and cinemas
- Day camps
- Horse racing (open for training only, no races or spectators)
- Museums and cultural amenities
- Personal care services like barbershops and hairdressers
- Tour and guide services
- Zoos and aquariums (permitted to operate for the care of animals)
Parks & Outdoor
- Provincial parks and conservation reserves are open with restrictions
- Hamilton Conservation Authority conservation areas will be accessible – Buy HCA Pass
- Open Daily | Sunrise to Sunset – Check for closures before travelling
- The city of Hamilton Trails is open
- All sets of escarpment stairs closed
- All municipal playgrounds / play structures open
- All municipal park amenities including soccer fields, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts, skateboard parks, and the Gage Park Pump Track. closed
- Residents are welcome to enjoy park greenspaces with members of their own household while keeping appropriate physical distance from others.
- No organized or pick-up games are permitted.
- Chedoke Golf Course and King’s Forest Golf Course will be closed to play.
- Residents are welcome to enjoy golf course greenspaces with members of their own household while keeping appropriate physical distance from others.
- Golfing or other sports are not permitted.
- Conservation Halton parks– Crawford Lake, Hilton Falls, Rattlesnake Point, Kelso, Mount Nemo and Mountsberg are open to members and to the public, for paid access, from 9am-7pm. Pre-reserved visits only at parkvisit.ca.
- Community gardens will be open
- Gage Park Greenhouse will be closed
- Royal Botanical Gardens’ David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden, RBG Centre and Hendrie Park will be temporarily closed. RBG trails and trailhead parking, and the Arboretum remain open.
- Signs, caution tape and/or barriers will be installed in these locations over the weekend and through the coming days. Residents can still be fined for using closed amenities, even if the signs have not yet been posted.
City of Hamilton Licensing and Bylaw Services officers will work closely with Hamilton Police and provincial enforcement teams to enforce the Stay-At-Home Orders. Effective Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 am., police officers and other provincial offences officers will have the authority to require any individual to provide their home address and purpose for not being at their residence. In addition, police officers, special constables and First Nation Constables will have the authority to stop vehicles to inquire about an individual’s reasons for leaving their home. This additional enforcement tool will only be in effect during the Stay-at-Home order and exclusively to enforce the Stay-at-Home order.
Food & Grocery
- Restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments may open for take-out, drive-through, and delivery service. In-person dining is not allowed.
- Downtown Hamilton Stores – What’s Open
- Hamilton Farmers’ Market is open. Use the York Blvd entrance – Check Hours
City Services & Other Facilities
Check Easter Holiday Closure and Schedule here.
- Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries
- HSR service – mask or face covering mandatory
- Emergency responses by Hamilton Police, Hamilton Fire Department, and Hamilton Paramedic Services
- Hamilton Public Library – offers Grab and Go, Print, Scan, Copy, One-Hour Computer Use and Staff-Retrieved Holds and Makerspace Pickup. Self-checkouts open. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 1:00pm-6:00pm, Saturday 1:00pm-5:00pm.
- Garbage, recycling and organics collection
- Essential services
- All in person Recreation Centre and Senior Centre programming is cancelled
Residents are encouraged to access municipal services online where available.