FAQ about Enforcement

As the COVID-19 situation in Hamilton continues to evolve, these FAQ will be regularly updated as circumstances change to provide residents with current information on how the City of Hamilton is enforcing the Provincial Orders under the Emergency Measures and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA).

Updated as of January 10, 2021. Information is updated weekly on Monday mornings.

Charges under EMCPA Charges
Non-essential/Essential Businesses 13
Gathering of 5+ People 28
Use of Prohibited Amenities 114
Others 0
Obstruct any Order/Officer 9
Using off-leash Dog Park 8
Total Charges under EMCPA 172
Charges under Reopening Ontario Act (ROA) Charges
Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order 104
Obstruct any person exercising power 1
Obstruct any person performing a duty 1
Total Charges under ROA 106
Administrative Penalties Charges
Fireworks By-law 1
Face Coverings By-law (20-155) 23
Physical Distancing (20-056) 133
Physical Distancing (20-164) 11
Total Charges under APS 168

Enforcement Fine Amounts

Physical Distancing Face Coverings EMCPA Social Gathering
$500 $200 to $500 $750 to $1000 $880

Business charges issued under COVID Regulations and By-laws include:

  • Face Coverings By-law (20-155), as amended;
  • Physical Distancing By-law (20-164), as amended;
  • Reopening Ontario Act (ROA), 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17
  • Any other legislation/by-laws enacted by the Province or the City in relation to the pandemic

Disclaimer: Please note that the fact that a business has been charged with an offence does not mean that that business is guilty of the offence. A ticket or penalty notice amounts to an allegation and the business is presumed innocent until the alleged offence is proven or admitted.

Date Business Offence Charge
8-Jan-21 ANYTIME CONVENIENCE
Main St. E., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; No Covid-19 Safety Plan
8-Jan-21 WELCOME MART
Barton St. E., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; No Covid-19 Safety Plan
5-Jan-21 BIG BEAR FOOD MARKET
Aberdeen Ave., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; No Covid-19 Safety Plan
4-Jan-21 DOLLAR STORE
Dundurn St. S., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Fail to conduct active screening of customers, No COVID-19 Safety Plan
2-Jan-21 DE ROSA BAKERY
Wilson St., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Attend indoor social gathering
2-Jan-21 DE ROSA BAKERY
Wilson St., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Attend indoor social gathering
2-Jan-21 DE ROSA BAKERY
Wilson St., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Attend indoor social gathering
2-Jan-21 DE ROSA BAKERY
Wilson St., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Attend indoor social gathering
1-Jan-21 LAST CALL BAR
Crockett St., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Attend indoor social gathering
1-Jan-21 LAST CALL BAR
Crockett St., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Attend indoor social gathering
1-Jan-21 LAST CALL BAR
Crockett St., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Attend indoor social gathering
1-Jan-21 LAST CALL BAR
Crockett St., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Attend indoor social gathering
31-Dec-20 PAGODA DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT
Main St. E., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Fail to enforce Physical Distancing
31-Dec-20 PAGODA DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT
Main St. E., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Exceeded maximum capacity within establishment
31-Dec-20 NO FRILLS
Upper James St., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Failed to conduct required screenings
31-Dec-20 SHOPPERS DRUG MART
Mohawk Rd. E., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Failed to conduct required screenings
29-Dec-20 BIG BEAR FOOD MART
Aberdeen Ave, Hamilton
Face Coverings By-law Fail to wear a required Face Covering in an Establishment
29-Dec-20 FOOD BASICS
Mohawk Rd. W., Hamilton
Face Coverings By-law Fail to wear a required Face Covering in an Establishment
29-Dec-20 CENTURA
Nebo Rd, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Open for indoor shopping when not permitted
29-Dec-20 CENTURA
Nebo Rd, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; No COVID-19 Safety Plan
27-Dec-20 SUPREME PIZZA
Upper Wentworth St., Hamilton
Face Coverings By-law As Operator failed to ensure person working in Establishment wears Face Covering
27-Dec-20 WM DISCOUNT & LIQUIDATION
Barton St. E., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; No COVID-19 Safety Plan
27-Dec-20 WM DISCOUNT & LIQUIDATION
Barton St. E., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Failed to conduct required screenings
27-Dec-20 GOLDEN GRAIN BAKERY INC
Highway 8, Stoney Creek
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Failed to conduct required screenings
27-Dec-20 GOLDEN GRAIN BAKERY INC
Highway 8, Stoney Creek
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Failed to ensure Face Coverings worn
27-Dec-20 GOLDEN GRAIN BAKERY INC
Highway 8, Stoney Creek
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; No COVID-19 Safety Plan
27-Dec-20 SALTI'S STORE
Fennell Ave. E., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Failed to ensure Face Coverings worn
27-Dec-20 SALTI'S STORE
Fennell Ave. E., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; No COVID-19 Safety Plan
24-Dec-20 TIM HORTONS
South Service Rd., Stoney Creek
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Fail to enforce Physical Distancing
24-Dec-20 TIM HORTONS
South Service Rd., Stoney Creek
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Failed to ensure Face Coverings worn
24-Dec-20 TIM HORTONS
South Service Rd., Stoney Creek
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Exceed gathering limits
24-Dec-20 BEER STORE
Mohawk Rd. E., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Failed to conduct required screenings
21-Dec-20 BIG BEAR FOOD MART
Wellington St. N., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; No COVID-19 Safety Plan
20-Dec-20 BIG BEE CONVENIENCE
Barton St. E., Hamilton
Face Coverings By-law As Operator failed to ensure person working in Establishment wears Face Covering
20-Dec-20 NATIONS FRESH FOODS
King St. W., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Fail to enforce Physical Distancing
20-Dec-20 NATIONS FRESH FOODS
King St. W., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; No COVID-19 Safety Plan
20-Dec-20 NATIONS FRESH FOODS
King St. W., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Fail to enforce physical distancing within store
20-Dec-20 FRANCO'S NO FRILLS
Queenston Rd, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Failed to conduct required screenings
20-Dec-20 FRANCO'S NO FRILLS
Queenston Rd, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Fail to enforce Physical Distancing
19-Dec-20 B&T FOODS
Queen St. N., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Failed to conduct required screenings
19-Dec-20 B&T FOODS
Queen St. N., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Fail to enforce Physical Distancing
19-Dec-20 B&T FOODS
Queen St. N., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Fail to enforce Physical Distancing
19-Dec-20 B&T FOODS
Queen St. N., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Failed to conduct required screenings
18-Dec-20 MINDEN JEWELLERS
King St. W., Hamilton
Face Coverings By-law Fail to wear a required Face Covering in an Establishment
18-Dec-20 PITA PIT
King St. W., Hamilton
Face Coverings By-law Fail to wear a required Face Covering in an Establishment
18-Dec-20 THE DREAM CENTRE
Innovation Drive, Flamborough
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Exceed capacity limits for indoor sports facility
17-Dec-20 SAMIR SUPERMARKET
Upper James St, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Failed to conduct required screenings
17-Dec-20 SAMIR SUPERMARKET
Upper James St, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Face Coverings violations
17-Dec-20 PUB FICTION
Garner Rd. W., Ancaster
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Exceed capacity limits for indoor dining
16-Dec-20 AL SIMMONS GUN SHOP LIMITED
Locke St. S., Hamilton
Face Coverings By-law As Operator failed to ensure person working in Establishment wears Face Covering
16-Dec-20 AL SIMMONS GUN SHOP LIMITED
Locke St. S., Hamilton
Face Coverings By-law Obstructing an Officer or Authorized Staff
14-Dec-20 B&T FOODS
Queen St. N., Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Failed to conduct required screenings
12-Dec-20 SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM
King Street East, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Failed to conduct required screenings
12-Dec-20 SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM
King Street East, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Exceed capacity limit for an event or meeting space
12-Dec-20 SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM
King Street East, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; No Contact Tracing
12-Dec-20 SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM
King Street East, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Fail to enforce Physical Distancing
12-Dec-20 SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM
King Street East, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Obstruct any person performing a duty in accordance with a continued section 7.0.2 order
12-Dec-20 SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM
King Street East, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; No COVID-19 Safety Plan
12-Dec-20 FLEA MARKET
Barton Street East, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Failed to conduct required screenings.
12-Dec-20 CAUSE AND EFFECT KITCHEN & BAR
Stone Church Road E, Stoney Creek
Face Coverings By-law As Operator, failed to ask person not wearing a Face Covering to leave Establishment
12-Dec-20 CAUSE AND EFFECT KITCHEN & BAR
Stone Church Road E, Stoney Creek
Face Coverings By-law As Operator, failed to ensure person working in Establishment wears Face Covering
11-Dec-20 JUG CITY
Upper Gage Ave, Hamilton
Face Coverings By-law As Operator, failed to ensure person working in Establishment wears Face Covering
5-Dec-20 LA LUNA
Concession Street, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Exceed capacity limits
5-Dec-20 STACKED PANCAKE & BREAKFAST HOUSE
Wilson Street West, Ancaster
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Exceed capacity limits
3-Dec-20 THE DREAM CENTRE
Innovation Drive, Flamborough
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Exceed capacity limits for indoor sports facility
1-Dec-20 EMPIRE HAIR PALACE
King Street East, Hamilton
Face Coverings By-law As Operator, failed to ask person not wearing a Face Covering to leave establishment
28-Nov-20 GALLEY PUMP TAVERN
Wentworth Street North, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Exceed capacity limits
28-Nov-20 NOBODY'S PERFECT BAR & GRILL
John Street North, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Operating past permitted hours
28-Nov-20 FLA CAFÉ & BAR
Barton Street East, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Operating past permitted hours
27-Nov-20 BIG BEE CONVENIENCE
Concession Street, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Face Coverings violations
26-Nov-20 DIAMOND BEAUTY AND BARBER
Upper James Street, Hamilton
Face Coverings By-law As Operator, failed to ensure person working in Establishment wears Face Covering
26-Nov-20 FIRST BARBER
King Street West, Hamilton
Face Coverings By-law As Operator, failed to ask person not wearing a Face Covering to leave Establishment
26-Nov-20 KROWN KAFE
Queenston Road, Stoney Creek
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; No COVID-19 Safety Plan
19-Nov-20 YOUR SHAWARMA
Stone Church Road East, Stoney Creek
Face Coverings By-law As operator failed to post mandatory Face Covering Sign at entrance of establishment
18-Nov-20 VILLAGE BARBERS
King Street East, Stoney Creek
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Face Coverings violations
14-Nov-20 SHISHA KAIF CAFÉ AND HOOKAH BAR
Upper James Street, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; No Contact Tracing
14-Nov-20 FIONN MACCOOL'S
Stone Church Road East, Stoney Creek
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Serve liquor past permitted hours
14-Nov-20 FIONN MACCOOL'S
Stone Church Road East, Stoney Creek
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Fail to enforce Physical Distancing
13-Nov-20 THE STOP BAR AND GRILL
Barton Street East, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Face Coverings violations, Fail to enforce Physical Distancing, No Contact Tracing
13-Nov-20 ALLURE LOUNGE
Barton Street East, Hamilton
Reopening Ontario Act Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order; Face Coverings violations, Fail to enforce Physical Distancing

City of Hamilton COVID-19 Enforcement Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Reopening Ontario Act can be enforced by Hamilton Police or by City of Hamilton By-law Officers.  Hamilton Police and By-law Officers are also enforcing the City’s Physical Distancing Bylaw and Face Covering By-law. To report contraventions, contact the City of Hamilton at 905-546-2489 (CITY).

It is important to note that while Licensing and Bylaw Services have prioritized COVID-19 related calls, they continue to respond to issues related to other City by-laws. This includes Vital Services, Vacant Buildings, Licensing, Illegal Dumping, emergency Property Standards matters, as well as the illegal cutting of trees.

Hamilton Police and By-law Officers. If residents suspect noncompliance of a business, they can report it by contacting 905-546-2489 (CITY).

Yes. Face Coverings are required in all lobbies, elevators, meeting rooms or other common use facilities.

 The City’s Public Health Inspectors are responsible for enforcing proper hygiene and public health practices at restaurants, stores, etc. If you suspect that a business is not following proper hygiene, such as food handling or cleaning, call the Public Health COVID-19 hotline at 905-974-9848 or email [email protected]

Suspected price gouging can be reported through the Provincial hotline at 1-800-889-9768.

Failure to self-isolate could be an offence under the Quarantine Act of Canada. Enforcement is the responsibility of the federal Quarantine Officer identified under the Act. Until that person is identified by the Federal Government and directs the police to assist after they have determined there is a violation under the Act, the Police have no authority to act.

A person who has an active case of COVID-19 that is not adhering to isolation protocols can be reported to the Public Health COVID-19 hotline at 905- 974-9848 or by emailing [email protected]

No. On December 21, 2020, the City of Hamilton entered the Grey – Lockdown category within the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework. Under the Grey category, indoor and outdoor service at restaurants, bars and food/drink establishments is not permitted. Take-out, drive-through and delivery are permitted.

No, all seating in food courts are closed. Restaurants can remain open for take out and delivery.

No. On December 21, 2020, the City of Hamilton entered the Grey – Lockdown category within the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework. Under the Grey category, facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities are closed except for:

  • The sole use of high performance athletes including parasport athletes, and specified professional leagues (for example, NHL, CFL, MLS, NBA)
  • Specified purposes (for example, day camps, child care)

Yes.

No person may be permitted to line up or congregate outside of the establishment unless they are maintaining physical distancing of at least 2 metres and wearing a face covering.

Face covering is not required if you have an exemption.

No. On December 21, 2020, the City of Hamilton entered the Grey – Lockdown category within the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework. Under the Grey category, personal care services are closed.

Yes.