Protect Yourself and Others

You can protect yourself and others by following these steps:

  • Limit close contact to members of your household, and stay 2 metres away from all others.
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • If you are out in public spaces, practice physical distancing and stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from others.
  • Masks are mandatory in enclosed public spaces in Hamilton. Learn more about face coverings and masks
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Clean phones and other devices regularly.
  • Avoid contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands. Wash hands after coughing and sneezing.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a healthy diet, exercise and enough sleep, to enhance your body's immune system.
  • Talk to your employer about working at home or virtual meetings if possible.
  • Limit contact with people at higher risk (e.g., older adults and those in poor health).
  • 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

Going out safely

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.


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

World Health Organization