COVID-19 Guide for Hamilton Residents

The information below is applicable as of Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 am.

The information below provides Hamilton residents with information on what is required during the Provincial Shutdown. It is important to know that if you do not follow some of the directions below, they are considered offences under the provincial regulations. Hamilton’s mask by-law, and physical distancing by-law remain in force.

Read more about provincial business restrictions during Lockdown

Thank you for doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Work & School

Do Don't
Stay home except for essential trips, such as work, picking up groceries, exercising outdoors or healthcare visits. Leave your home, except for  except for essential trips or emergencies.
Stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, even if symptoms are minor. Go out if you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of COVID-19.
Attend school online. Have get-togethers or playdates with school friends after school.
Attend in-person school or tutoring.
Work from home if your work does not require you to be on site.
Wear your mask, wash your hands and keep your distance from co-workers.
Sit within 2 m (6 ft) of co-workers in the lunchroom with your mask off.

Visitors & Social Gatherings

Do Don't
Allow home care and personal support services, repair and cleaning people in your home to support children, seniors or vulnerable persons.

Have visitors inside your home that are not required or permitted.
Garages are an indoor space, so only your household members should be inside your garage, even if the door is opened. 

Restrict gatherings at your home to household members only. If you live alone, you can consider having contact with only one other person/household. Hold or attend indoor organized public events or social gatherings, except with members of your own household.
Go for a walk alone or with members of your household to get fresh air and exercise. Attend outdoor gatherings of more than 5 people.

Household/Child Care

Do Don't
Continue to use child care services. Have children visit your home, unless you are operating child care services.
Continue to allow people in your home to provide support for children such as nannies and babysitters. Have anyone in your home, other than those permitted under provincial regulations.

Food & Drink

Do Don't
Order takeout, delivery or drive-thru from a restaurant or bar, where available. Eat or drink – inside or outside – at a restaurant, bar, or any other establishment where food and drinks are sold.


Do Don't
Go shopping alone or with another person only as necessary. Only shop for essential items once a week. Go shopping with a group.
Shop online and arrange for curbside pickup or delivery.  
Shop in-person only at essential retailers such as pharmacies, grocery stores, convenience stores, beer and liquor stores, big box stores that sell groceries and outdoor markets. Opening hours are limited to 7 am to 8 pm at some premises. Walk-in to safety supply stores; businesses that sell, rent or repair assistive/mobility/medical devices, aids and/or supplies; or optical stores that sell prescription eyewear. You can book an appointment to visit these stores between 7 am and 8 pm
Visit malls only where essential businesses are open, such as grocery stores, medical offices and pharmacies, or to pick-up pre-ordered goods from non-essential retailers at designated pick-up areas.

Walk-in to malls for non-essential businesses. You can book an appointment to pick up pre-ordered items.

Public Spaces

Do Don't
Use public places that are open. Wear a mask and stay two metres apart from others. Take off your mask while inside a public place or within 2 m of others.


Do Don't
Make use of City park amenities, like playgrounds, toboggan hills, and walking trails, with people you live with and stay two metres away from everyone else. Play or practice team sports.
Exercise in your home or outside. Go to gyms, fitness centres, dance studios or community recreation centres (note: exemption for certain professional and high performing athletes).
Go skating at an outdoor rink. Play shinny or organized hockey on outdoor rinks.

Services, Attractions & Events

Do Don't
Attend conferences and special events virtually. Attend events or social gatherings at meeting and event spaces, like banquet halls, hotel conference rooms, or convention centres unless for a purpose permitted by the provincial regulation.
Attend mental health or substance use supports, virtually or at services in-person with a limit of 10 people. Attend meetings in-person unless for a purpose permitted by the provincial regulation.
Attend religious services, weddings, funeral and religious rites virtually, or in person with a maximum of 10 people (indoors and outdoors). Hold or attend indoor receptions or other social gatherings associated with any religious service, wedding, funeral or rite, except with members of your own household or one other person, if you live alone. 
Experience museums, art exhibits and other attractions online. Go to museums, art exhibits or other attractions in person.
Go to a library to pick up (or return) library materials, printing jobs and Makerspace projects. Browse library collections in-person.
Attend health care appointments for services like physiotherapy and massage.
Consider personal grooming alternatives you can do at home.
Visit personal care services such as hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, or tanning studios and tattoo parlours.