COVID-19 Guide for Hamilton Residents

COVID-19: Step 2 Guide

The information is applicable as of January 5, 2021 at 12:01 am

The Province of Ontario has released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term. 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 face covering 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.

General rules

Masks/face coverings must be worn in indoor public places. You are required to self-screen for COVID-19 prior to entering public places. 

Indoor gatherings

Indoor social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 5 people. Garages are an indoor space, so only 5 people including your household members should be inside your garage, even if the door is open.

Indoor organized public events are limited to a maximum of 5 people, and you must remain at least 2 metres from others who you do not live with.

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 do not currently have a maximum limit. Social gatherings are limited to 10 people outdoors.

Religious services, weddings & funerals

Indoor religious services, rites and ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, are permitted with at least 2 metres of physical distancing from others and a maximum of 50% of room capacity. Masks or face coverings are required indoors.

Social gatherings associated with or following any wedding, funeral, or religious service, rite, or ceremony ex. following a church service can have up to 5 people indoors and 10 people outdoors.

Social gatherings associated with or following any wedding, funeral, or religious service, rite, or ceremony ie. wedding reception can have up to 5 people indoors and 10 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).

Proof of vaccination requirements

Meeting & event spaces

Indoor meeting and event spaces are closed, except for specific purposes such as rental for childcare.

Outdoor meeting and event spaces can open, with restrictions. No more than 10 people may be seated together at a table. Patrons must remain seated at all times except while entering and exiting the rented space, or going to or returning from a washroom.

No patrons are permitted to dance or sing, including by performing karaoke.

Liquor can only be sold or served between 9 am and 10 pm.

Proof of vaccination requirements

Restaurants and Bars

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

No more than 10 people may be seated together at a table. Patrons must remain seated at all times except while entering and exiting the rented space, or going to or returning from a washroom.

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

Establishments must open no earlier than 5 am and close no later than 11 pm.

Singing and dancing is prohibited.

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 a capacity of 50%.

Masks or face coverings must be worn and may not be removed to receive a service.

Retail

Capacity is limited to 50% in retail stores Masks or face coverings are required indoors.

Recreation & Sports

Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities are closed.

Outdoor sports and recreational fitness facilities are permitted to operate with 50% seating capacity, active screening prior to entry and masking.

Museums & attractions

Indoor museums and attractions are closed, including waterparks.

Outdoor drive-in or drive-through museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions can open, with restrictions.

Outdoor activities at museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions may open at a 50% capacity.

Concert venues, theatres & cinemas

Indoor concerts venues, theatres and cinemas are closed.

Outdoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas can open with spectator capacity limited to 50%. Reservations are required.Patrons must remain seated for the performance.

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

Work Work should be conducted remotely (from home), unless the nature of the work requires individuals to be on-site at the workplace.