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.
You may also like: Fun Things to Do in Hamilton During COVID-19 Ontario Reopening Phase
Mandatory Face Coverings By-Law – All residents are required to wear a mask or face covering in all enclosed publicly-accessible spaces in Hamilton.
Hamilton moved to Stage 3 from July 24th. – Details
What is allowed in Ontario during Stage 3 – Details
- Casinos and charitable gaming establishments
- Facilities for Sports and Recreational Fitness Activities
- All fitting rooms may reopen, as long as patrons are not permitted to occupy adjacent fitting room stalls at any one time.
- High-contact surfaces such as interactive exhibits and displays may open at Interactive Exhibits at Museums, Attractions and Heritage Institutions
- Libraries may reopen for all on-site services, as long as materials that are circulated, returned or accessed within the library are disinfected or quarantined before being recirculated.
- Concerts, artistic events, theatrical productions, performances, and movie theatres may resume operations, including rehearsals, with restrictions
- In addition to the personal care services permitted in Stage 2, all services that tend to a customer’s face are permitted
- Recreational Courses and Instruction
- Indoor recreational activities can resume
- All restaurants, bars, concession stands, and other food and drink establishments may open for indoor dine-in
- For tour and guide services, including boat tours, the number of patrons is subject to gathering limits.
Ontario Gathering Limits
Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people not including venue staff are allowed in Stage 3 regions while outdoor gatherings can include as many as 100 people. Details
- People gathering indoors for religious services, rites or ceremonies, and wedding ceremonies or funeral services, can continue to fill up to 30 percent.
- All businesses, services and public spaces when hosting an event are subject to indoor or outdoor gathering limits and ensuring physical distancing can be maintained.
- People at their place of work, including performers and crews, do not count towards gathering limits.
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. Tiffany Falls, Devil’s Punchbowl, Borer’s Falls, and Felker’s Falls from July 15th
- 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
- 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.
- Lakeland Poolis open
- Gage Park Greenhouse is open to the public from Friday – Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM
- 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)
- Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site
- Beginning July 15, residents can book events at Dundurn Castle, the Hamilton Military Museum and the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology.
- Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
- Art Gallery of Burlington
- Art Gallery of Hamilton to reopen from July 16
- 4 waterfalls of Hamilton Conservation Authority.
- Joseph Brant Museum
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 – Fare collection, front door loading, and bus capacity to two-thirds the usual load resume
- 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 – All fines and fees has been waived until December 31, 2021 and fines and fees on materials for children and teens have been permanently eliminated
- 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.
- City Hall has reopened – The first two floors will reopen. The public must enter through any of the doors on the first floor. Not all City services will be immediately available, and many will continue to be offered virtually
- Hamilton Public Library is reopening from July 30 for browsing, holds pickup, computer access and use of printers, scanner, fax and Central Makerspace equipment. Tuesday – Thursday from 11 AM-7 PM and Friday- Saturday 11 AM-5 PM.
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 Service Centres except City Hall will remain closed until mid-August 2020.
- All City-run and SEAT (Special Event Advisory Team) events and facility bookings are canceled through to July 2, 2020
- Select City-run museums
- Hamilton Conservation Authority – Dundas Peak, Spencer Gorge, Tew Falls, Webster Falls, Crooks Hollow, and Spencer Adventure Trail will remain closed
- Conservation Halton parks – 5 parks are open with reservations
- All dine-in restaurants and Bars
- Albion Falls, City play structures
- Gage Park Greenhouse
- All Municipal Service Centres
- All public and community engagement initiatives
- Museums of Burlington – Ireland House Museum will remain closed
- 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