Protect Yourself and Others

You can protect yourself and others by following these steps:

  • Stay home, except for essential purposes, such as going to work, school, grocery shopping, medical appointments and outdoor exercise.
  • Stay home if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are mild
  • Wear a face covering/mask indoors and wear one outdoors if physical distancing may not be maintained or if wearing one is required
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sneeze/cough into your upper sleeve or elbow
  • Get tested if you have symptoms compatible with COVID-19
  • Individuals and families from higher transmission regions should avoid travel to lower transmission regions, except for essential reasons
  • Talk to your employer about working at home or virtual meetings if possible.
  • When using a taxi or car share, practice physical distancing by sitting in the back seat, wear a mask or face covering and open the window, as weather allows.
  • Download the COVID Alert app
  • Get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is your turn

Going out

The decisions we make as we go about our daily activities are very important in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Before going out, consider

  • Your personal risk and household members risk factors
  • The risk created by a setting or activity

Think about the risks associated with different settings and activities.

Minimize your risk by avoiding the 3 Cs:

  • closed spaces with poor ventilation
  • crowded places with many people nearby
  • close faces, such as close-range conversations

Take action to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  1. Stay home & get tested if you have symptoms.
  2. Follow public health practices: physical distancing, handwashing, wearing a face covering/mask.
  3. Limit time spent in settings that might increase risk.

Face Coverings and Masks

Wearing a mask or face covering will be required in enclosed public spaces beginning July 20, 2020 under City of Hamilton By-Law 20-155. Learn more about the by-law.

Tips on how to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in our City

Translated COVID-19 resources
Visit the Government of Canada’s website for translated resources on how to Protect Yourself & Others. Documents are translated into various languages, and include topics such as:

Ressources en Français

Contact us


Contact Hamilton Public Health Services for health information related to COVID-19:

Phone COVID-19 hotline at 905-974-9848
Email Send questions to [email protected]

Related links


Ministry of Health Online COVID-19 test results
https://covid19results.ehealthontario.ca:4443/agree

World Health Organization
www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019