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:
- Stay home & get tested if you have symptoms.
- Follow public health practices: physical distancing, handwashing, wearing a face covering/mask.
- 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:
- Reduce the spread of COVID-19: Wash your hands
- Physical distancing
- How to care for someone with COVID-19
Ressources en Français
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]
Ministry of Health Online COVID-19 test results
World Health Organization
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