COVID-19 Guide for Hamilton Residents

The information below is applicable as of Friday June 11, 2021 at 12:01 am.

The information below provides Hamilton residents with information on what is required during Step 1 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.

Work & School

Do Don't
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. Attend in-person tutoring indoors.

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. Gather outdoors with more than 10 people. Hold or attend indoor social gatherings, except with members of your own household.
Go for a walk alone or with a friend,  keeping at least 2 metres apart, to get fresh air and exercise. Attend outdoor gatherings with more than 10 people.

Household/Child Care

Do Don't
Continue to use child care services including day camps. 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
Eat on a patio (maximum 4 people seated at a table from different households), order takeout, delivery or drive-thru from a restaurant or bar, where available. Eat or drink – inside – 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. 

Stores have limited capacity at this time.

Wear your mask and keep your distance while waiting in line to enter stores.
Go shopping with a group.
Shop online or arrange for curbside pickup.

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 parks and other outdoor recreational areas, keeping two metres away from everyone who you don’t live with.

Exercise in your home or outside.

Play or practice team sports. 

Keep a 3 metre distance from others while participating in outdoor fitness classes, personal training and sports training. Attend gyms or indoor sports/fitness programs.

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% room capacity  indoors or with the number of people who can maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from others outdoors

Hold or attend indoor wedding or funeral receptions. Receptions can have a maximum of 10 people outdoors.

Experience museums, art exhibits and other attractions online or outdoors. Go to indoor museums, art exhibits or other attractions.
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.