COVID-19 Guide for Hamilton Residents

This information is applicable as of Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 am.

The information below provides Hamilton residents with information on what is required during the Stay-at-Home Order. Under the Stay-at-Home Order, you should stay home unless leaving is necessary for one of the permitted reasons in the Stay-at-Home Order. You can use outdoor parts of your residence such as your backyard.

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 Stay-at-Home

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 in-person or online.

Have get-togethers or playdates with school friends after school.

Attend in-person tutoring.

Work from home if your work does not require you to be on site.

If you are unable to work from home, wear your mask, wash your hands and keep your distance from co-workers.

Sit within 2 metres (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 open. 
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 or outdoor social gatherings, except with members of your own household.
Go for a walk alone or with people you live with 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 for essential items alone or with another person, only as necessary. Go shopping with a group.
Shop online or arrange for curbside pickup between 7 am and 8 pm or delivery for all non-essential items, as these stores are closed to in-person shopping.

Go shopping if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.

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 metres of others.

Wear a mask and stay two metres apart from others when inside common areas of apartment buildings and condominiums (such as laundry, elevators, hallways, lobbies, etc.)

Take off your mask while inside a public place or within 2 metres of others.


Do Don't

Make use of City parks, playgrounds, and walking trails, with people you live with and stay two metres away from everyone else.

Exercise in your home or outside.

Meet or gather outside with more than 5 people.

Play or practice team sports. 

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 15% of room capacity indoors. Services outdoors are limited to the number of individuals who can maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from others.

Hold or attend indoor social gatherings associated with or following any wedding, funeral, or religious service, rite, or ceremony.

Hold or attend outdoor receptions or other social gatherings associated with any religious service, wedding, funeral or rite with more than 5 people.

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 drop off books, use computers, and copy machines, where provided. Browse library collections in-person.
Attend medically-essential health care appointments for services like physiotherapy and massage. Visit personal care services such as hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, or tanning studios and tattoo parlours.
Connect with others virtually. Travel outside your region or the province unless absolutely necessary.