COVID-19 Guide for Hamilton Residents

The information below is applicable as of Friday, July 16, 2021 at 12:01 am.

The information below provides Hamilton residents with information on what is required during Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopening

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

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

Dos & Don't

General rules

Masks/face coverings must be worn in indoor public places and at indoor public events, in addition to some outdoor events.

Physical distancing of at least 2 metres from others is required in businesses/facilities.

Indoor gatherings

Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 25 people.

Organized public events that are held at a business or place to which a different capacity limit applies, such as meeting and event spaces, will follow the capacity limit for those spaces.
Outdoor gatherings

Outdoor organized public events and social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 100 people.

Organized public events that are held at a business or place to which a different capacity limit applies, such as meeting and event spaces, will follow the capacity limit for those spaces.

Religious services, weddings & funerals

Indoor and outdoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services are limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from others.

Social gatherings associated with or following any wedding, funeral, or religious service, rite, or ceremony ex. following a church service can have up to 25 people indoors or 100 people outdoors.

Social gatherings associated with or following any wedding, funeral, or religious service, rite, or ceremony ie. wedding reception can have up to 25 people indoors or 100 people outdoors at a private dwelling.

Social gatherings associated with or following any wedding, funeral, or religious service, rite, or ceremony that are held at a meeting or event space, or at a restaurant/bar follow the rules for those venues (see below).

Social gatherings associated with or following any wedding, funeral, or religious service, rite, or ceremony at a place of worship, for example in a rented hall attached to a church, follow the rules for meeting and event spaces (see below).

Meeting & event spaces

Meeting and event spaces are permitted to open for indoor events limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from others and up to 50% of room capacity or 1,000 persons, whichever is less.

Meeting and event spaces are permitted to open for outdoor events limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from others and up to 75% capacity or 5,000 persons, whichever is less.

Patrons seated at different tables must be separated by a distance of at least two metres, or plexiglass or other barrier.
Restaurants (no dancing)

Indoor and outdoor dining, take out, drive through and delivery are permitted, including alcohol.

The total number of patrons permitted to be seated indoors or outdoors is limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the establishment. Patrons seated at different tables must be separated by a minimum of two metres or a barrier.

Restaurants and bars must screen patrons for indoor access and record patron contact information.

Dancing is prohibited.

Food & drink establishments (dancing)

Indoor capacity is limited to the number of people who can maintain a physical distance of two metres, with a maximum capacity of 25% or 250 people (whichever is less).

Outdoor capacity is limited to 75% or 5,000 people (whichever is less) and other restrictions.

Masks or face coverings must be worn in indoor and outdoor premises of food and drink establishments with dance facilities, subject to exceptions for eating and drinking or where seated with household members and all are at least two metres from any other persons.

All patrons must provide contact information in the event contract tracing is needed.

Personal service settings

Personal care services such as hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, tanning studios, tattoo parlours and other cosmetic services are permitted to operate by appointment, limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the establishment.

Retail The total number of patrons permitted is limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the establishment.
Recreation & Sports

The total number of patrons in an indoor facility is limited to 50% capacity.

Every person within the facility must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person.

Maximum spectator capacity at sporting events:

In designated seating areas:

  • Indoor: 50% of seating area or 1000 persons, whichever is less
  • Outdoor: 75% of seating area or 15,000 persons, whichever is less

No designated seating area:

  • Indoor: 50% of capacity of facility based on distancing or 1000 persons, whichever is less
  • Outdoor: 75% of facility or 5,000 persons (whichever is less)

Subject to other restrictions, such as screening and masks.

Museums & attractions

Museums, zoos and attractions can open for outdoor activities:

  • in outdoor ticketed areas limited to 75% capacity
  • seated events at 75% capacity or 15,000 people, whichever is less
  • non-seated events at 75% capacity or 5,000 people, whichever is less

Museums, zoos and attractions can open for indoor activities:

  • in indoor ticketed areas limited to up to 50% capacity, with a minimum of 2 metres distance from others
  • seated events at 50% capacity or 1000 persons, whichever is less
Concert venues, theatres & cinemas

Outdoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas can open on a reservation only basis:

  • seated events limited to up to 75% of the outdoor seating area, or 15,000 persons, whichever is less
  • non-seated events limited to up to 75% of the outdoor area, or 5,000 persons, whichever is less

Indoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas can open on a reservation only basis:

  • seated events limited to up to 50% of the outdoor seating area, or 1,000 persons, whichever is less
  • non-seated events limited to up to 50% of the room capacity

Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors if seated within 2 metres of someone who you don’t live with.