Workplaces and Public Places

Changes outlined below are for the CONTROL (Red) stage that is effective on November 16, 2020 at 12:01 am in Hamilton. 

The Ontario government released safety guidelines meant to protect workers and customers from COVID-19 as these businesses re-open.

Certain Ontario businesses and workplaces may open as long as they comply with strict public health measures. Ontario businesses who have questions about the emergency orders can call the Province’s toll-free line: 1-888-444-3659.

When developing plans for your workplace, it is helpful to think of the hierarchy of controls, where the most important way to reduce exposure to COVID-19 is through physical distancing.  Masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may be used when physical distancing is difficult to achieve. You must develop a safety plan and have it available for public health upon request.

Check the information below to see how you can eliminate and/or manage exposure in your workplace.

Physical Distancing - Maintaining at least 2 meters of physical

Physical Distancing

Eliminate Exposure
 Working from home and using technology.
 Maintaining a physical distance of two metres from others.
 Restricting the number of employees onsite.
 Managing traffic flow and using floor markings.

 

Adjusting the Workplace

 Rearranging desks.
 Spacing out work stations.
 Installing barriers or plexiglass between employees and/or residents.
 Ensuring proper and adequate ventilation meets industry guidelines and standards.

 

Adjusting Process

 Implementing health screening of all employees and visitors.
 Encouraging employees to practice good hand washing and hygiene techniques
 Encouraging individuals to practice hand hygiene directly after contact with high touch areas.
 Increasing cleaning and disinfecting.

 

Providing PPE

Manage Exposure
 Working from home and using technology.
 Maintaining a physical distance of two metres from others.
 Restricting the number of employees onsite.
 Managing traffic flow and using floor markings.

 

Adapted from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institution for Occupational Health and Safety for the purposes of COVID-19.

Videos: How the Hierarchy of Controls was implemented at City of Hamilton worksites 

  • If possible, have employees work from home. If this is not possible, ensure that physical distancing of at least two metres is maintained between employees and/or customers within the workplace. Increase the spatial separation between desks, workstations, and points of sale. Note: physical distancing of at least two metres is required in Hamilton during COVID-19 under By-law 20-056.
  • Face coverings/masks are required in indoor workplaces.
  • If physical distancing is difficult to maintain, physical barriers (e.g. Plexiglass) are recommended in addition to face coverings or masks.
  • Employees must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) that provides protection of eyes, nose and mouth, such as face shields while providing services if the employee is required to come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a mask/face covering when indoors and the employee and patron are not separated by plexiglass/an impermeable barrier.
  • Hamilton’s By-law 20-155 requires face coverings and masks be worn in enclosed public spaces.
  • Find out if a building permit is required for businesses installing shields at counters
  • Signs with details of how customers and/or employees are to physical distance should be clearly displayed throughout the workplace and at the entrance. A plan should be in place for communicating and reminding those within the workplace about physical distancing.
  • If personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks or hand-sanitizer are needed for the workplace, check the list of Ontario workplace PPE suppliers. Ensure that you have supplies on hand.
  • Hamilton’s By-law 20-155 requires face coverings and masks be worn in enclosed public spaces.
  • Employees must complete a health-screening questionnaire before entering the workplace. Patrons are also required to complete a health-screening questionnaire prior to entering workplaces in many instances (see below)
  • Do not permit employees to come to work if they have symptoms of COVID-19. Symptomatic employees should book an appointment for COVID-19 testing at www.hamiltoncovidtest.ca 
  • If employees develop symptoms while at work, they should notify their supervisor and return home. Employees should follow guidelines for what to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor.
  • At a minimum, signs should be posted at the entrance reminding ill employees, clients or customers not to enter the workplace if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Soap and handwashing facilities and/or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, tissues, disinfecting wipes and no-touch waste receptacles should available for employees.
  • Before starting work and after returning from break, all employees should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be used.
  • Workplaces should display posters promoting hand-washing and respiratory etiquette.
  • Workplaces should follow cleaning and disinfection guidelines.
  • Cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as point of sale transaction equipment, elevator buttons, keyboards, mouse, phones, desks, computers, door knobs, light switches, seating areas, lunch tables, kitchens, and washrooms should be increased.

Workplace Resources

  1. Inform your employees about any upcoming changes as much as possible - When people are informed of what changes are coming and how things are being addressed, they are better able to cope with the change.
  2. Ask employees what their needs are during this time - When you involve your employees in assessing their work needs during this time, it will provide them with some level of control over the situation.
  3. Acknowledge the many emotions that your employees are experiencing - It is important to recognize that it is very normal for people to experience anxiety and many different emotions at this time. It is important to validate these emotions and to let your employees know they are not alone.
  4. Ensure that there are social supports available for your employees - Physical distancing does not mean social isolation.  Have existing health and safety groups support mental well-being by reaching out and connecting with other employees virtually.
  5. Promote positive ways to cope through this challenge - Share positive coping strategies with your employees to protect their mental health.
  6. Remind employees that we are all in this together – The reality is that we are all making changes and sacrifices right now in order to keep one another safe.
  7. Connect your employees to mental health supports Remind employees that it is ok to not be ok. Share information on existing EAP or EFAP programs that your workplace provides. For additional supports employees can visit: www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus/taking-care-your-mental-health

Adapted from Managing through COVID-19 How to Support Your Employee’s Mental Health – An Employer’s Guide

Public & Private Places

Under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020, limits for organized public events and social gatherings where physical distancing can be maintained are:

  • 5 people indoors
  • 25 people outdoors

This includes functions, parties, dinners, gatherings BBQs or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, or parks. Restaurants, Meeting and Event Spaces, as well as Conference Centres still have a limit of 10 people.

Health and safety guidance for child care centres

The following provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations apply to child care centres:

Child care centres and home care providers across Ontario are able to open with strict safety and operational requirements in place. Centres are required to adopt specific rules, including:

  • COVID-19 response plan - all child care settings will be required to have a plan in place if a child, parent or staff member/provider is exposed to COVID-19.
  • Screening - all staff and children must be screened prior to entry to the child care setting.  Anyone feeling unwell must stay home.
  • Daily attendance records - child care settings must keep daily records of all attendees in order to support contact tracing.
  • Cleaning - child care settings must be thoroughly cleaned before opening and frequently thereafter; removal of all toys that can easily spread germs.
  • No visitors - only essential visitors are permitted entry into the child care setting.
  • Implementing drop-off and pick-up protocols in a way that facilitates physical distancing.

Operators can contact the City of Hamilton’s Early Years and Childcare Services, who are working in conjunction with Public Health Services and others, to inquire about operation and infection prevention and control measures and concerns.

Read the provincial requirements for day camps:

Ministry of Health COVID-19 Guidance for Day Camps (PDF, 149 KB)

No notification is required to Hamilton Public Health Services for re-openings plans, with exceptions for existing reporting requirements such as re-opening of swimming pools or bathing areas on beaches.

Follow directions issued by your respective Ministry on safe operations and other required actions.

The following provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations apply to entertainment spaces:

Entertainment venues such as arcades and others are limited to a capacity of 10 patrons.

Attractions

Attractions and heritage institutions, including museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites and similar attractions are permitted to open, however:

  • No member of the public may be permitted access to interactive exhibits or exhibits that would create a high risk of personal contact.
  • Lockers must not be provided to members of the public.
  • Any equipment that is rented or provided to patrons must be cleaned and disinfected between each use.
  • Indoor tours are limited to a maximum of 10 patrons, outdoor tours are limited to a maximum of 25 patrons and physical distancing of 2 metres must be maintained at all times.
  • Meetings or events held at attractions are subject to capacity limits for those activities (see below).

Performing Arts & Cinemas

  • Cinemas are closed, except drive-in cinemas.
  • Concert venues and theatres are closed, unless they provide a drive-in or drive through format. Rehearsals, recorded or broadcasted events may take place, with some restrictions.
  • Singers and players of wind or brass instruments must be separated from other performers by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier.
  • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metres physical distance except for the purposes of the performance. 
  • No spectators are permitted.
  • Liquor can only be sold or served between 9 am and 9 pm.
  • No consumption of liquor is permitted between 10 pm and 9 am in the premise.
  • Names and contact information must be collected from all patrons and kept on record for at least one month. Records must be provided to public health upon request.
  • Screening of patrons is required ie. questionnaire.
  • Safety plans must be available upon request.

The following provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations apply to faith-based gatherings, weddings and funerals: 

  • Gathering limits for indoor religious services, wedding ceremony and funeral ceremony are limited to a maximum of 30% seating capacity of the venue.
  • Gathering limits for outdoor religious services, wedding ceremony and funeral ceremony  are limited to a maximum of 100 attendees.
  • Social gatherings, such as a wedding reception associated with a religious services, wedding or funerals are limited to a maximum of 10 people inside, and 25 people outside.
  • All attendees must practice physical distancing from those outside of their household.

Health & Safety Guidance for Places of Worship (PDF)

It is important to apply the Hierarchy of Controls in places of worship:

Physical Distancing

The following provincial and local requirements apply to places of worship:

  • Limit the number of people to 30% of seating capacity to ensure physical distancing can be maintained.
  • Maintain physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) between everyone in the place of worship, unless attending with members of the same household.  Note: physical distancing of at least two metres is required in Hamilton during COVID-19 under By-law 20-164
  • Manage traffic flow using floor markings.

Adjusting the Setting

The following provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations apply to places of worship:

  • Rearrange seating so that people are maintaining physical distancing from other people in different households. If this is not possible, seating should be blocked off to only permit 30% seating capacity.
  • Ensure ventilation meets industry guidelines and standards.

Adjusting the Process

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is recommended:

  • All attending the place of worship should complete a health-screening questionnaire before entering.
  • At a minimum, signs should be posted at the entrance reminding ill attendees not to enter the place of worship if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Do not permit people to attend if they have symptoms of COVID-19. Symptomatic attendees should contact their family doctor or public health to determine if a COVID-19 test is warranted.
  • If people develop symptoms while at a place of worship, they should notify leaders and return home and follow guidelines for what to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Attendees who are well but who have a family member at home with COVID-19 should not attend.
  • Encourage attendees to practice good handwashing and hygiene techniques (provide handwashing stations or alcohol-based hand rub at entrance).
  • Encourage handwashing after people come in contact with high touch areas such as door handles.
  • Increase cleaning and disinfecting to minimum twice per day.
  • Refer to Ministry guidance for sharing or distributing materials or objects.

Manage Exposure

To manage exposure, it is recommended that you:

Singing and instrument playing

City of Hamilton direction to places of worship for music and singing is outlined below. It is important to note that the Ontario Ministry of Health's advice is to adapt or suspend indoor singing activities, choir service and playing brass/wind instruments.

  1. Consider using pre-recorded audio or video for music during services.
  2. Places of worship may have a soloist and accompanying instrument players.
  3. Only the soloist is able to sing. Please note that if there are several soloists taking turns, barriers and equipment should be disinfected prior to each soloist. Consider separate microphones for each soloist or disinfect the microphone between each person and use disposable microphone covers for the head of the microphone.
  4. All performers must practice physical distancing (at least 2 metres/6 feet), use of plexiglass or other impermeable barriers and wear face coverings (except when singing).
  5. Instruments that are not wind or brass must physically distance and wear face coverings but do not need to be behind an impermeable barrier
  6. Places of worship should consider additional measures such as increasing spacing distance between performers, limiting duration of play for wind/brass instruments and if possible, consider increasing ventilation (open windows, relocate players away from air conditioners/fans, etc.)
  7. Barriers must be large enough to create an effective barrier between the breathing zones of the people on each side. A person’s breathing zone has a diameter of about 60 cm (24 in.) which means it extends 30 cm (12 in.) in every direction from the person’s nose.

A barrier should be positioned to accommodate the heights of the tallest and shortest people who will likely be near it. If one person is standing and the other is seated, the barrier should extend 30 cm (12 in.) below the seated person’s nose and 30 cm (12 in.) above the standing person’s nose. Barriers should also be wide enough to account for the normal movement of both people.

Social Gatherings

Social gatherings before or after in-person services, including those where food and drink are shared must follow provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations:

  • Any social gathering should ideally be suspended before or after a service.
  • If a gathering occurs, it must comply with the gathering restrictions set out by the province. Physical distancing must be maintained between non-household members.
  • There can be a maximum of 5 people indoors per facility and 25 outdoors.
  • Individuals must be screened before attending to ensure they are not sick or have come into contact with a person with COVID-19.
  • Event organizers must record names and contact information for each patron. Information must be kept for at least one month and be provided to public health upon request.
  • Ensure frequent cleaning throughout the facility. Washrooms and surfaces that are used at the gathering must cleaned and disinfected routinely.
  • Cleaning and disinfection should be completed at a frequency needed to maintain the facility in a sanitary condition.
  • Only pre-packaged food or food provided by table service should be served. Catering must be provided in pre-packaged servings or by full sit-down table service. Buffet style and potluck meals are not permitted at this time.
  • Event space should allow those not living in the same household to maintain physical distancing at all times (2 metre gap around person).
  • Those living outside of the same household should not be in close contact.
  • Tables should be set up in advance. Only people living in the same household should be seated at the same table, with a 2-metre separation between tables.
  • A maximum of four (4) people may be seated together.

Hamilton Public Health Services information about harm reduction and preventing the spread of COVID-19:

The following provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations apply to meeting and event spaces:

  • People gathering indoors for religious services, rites or ceremonies, and wedding ceremonies or funeral services, can fill up to 30 per cent of the capacity of the particular room.
  • People gathering outdoors for religious services, rites or ceremonies, and wedding ceremonies or funeral services may have 100 people in attendance.
  • Receptions are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

Capacity/seating/physical distancing

  • Capacity limits are 10 people indoors per facility and 25 outdoors.
  • All attendees must be seated when eating or drinking at the establishment.
  • Tables must be separated by a minimum of 2 metres.
  • A limit of 4 attendees may be seated together.

Face coverings/masks

  • Face coverings must be worn, except when eating or drinking.
  • Employees must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) that provides protection of eyes, nose and mouth while providing services if the employee is required to come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a mask/face covering when indoors and the employee and patron are not separated by plexiglass/an impermeable barrier.

Hours of operation/liquor service

  • Meeting and event spaces are required to close by 10 pm.
  • Liquor can only be sold or served between the hours of 9 am and 9 pm.
  • No liquor can be consumed on the premise between 10 pm and 9 am (including employees).

Singing/music

  • Volume of music must be limited (no louder than the volume of a normal conversation)
  • Dancing, singing and live performance with wind and brass instruments are prohibited.

Safety plans/screening

  • Safety plans must be available upon request
  • Establishments must screen patrons ie. questionnaire

Contact information

  • The person responsible for the meeting or event space must record the name and contact information for every person who attends a meeting/event. This information must be kept for 30 days and be provided to public health upon request.

Ministry Guidance for Meeting & Event Facilities

The following provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations apply to personal service settings:

  • Personal care services, including but not limited to hair salons, spas, tanning salons, tattoo studios, diet centres and beauty salons are permitted to open.
  • Services that require removal of a customer’s face covering/mask are not permitted (e.g., facials,).
  • Steam rooms, oxygen bars, bathhouses, hot tubs, floating pools, sensory deprivation pods and saunas remain closed. In addition, locker rooms, showers and change rooms must remain closed.
  • Employees must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Patrons must be screened before receiving services ie. questionnaire
  • Personal care services must take measures to enable physical distancing between patrons, such as limiting the number of people who may be in the business at any one time.
  • Businesses should consider operating by appointment wherever possible.
  • Businesses must record names and contact information for each patron. Information must be kept for at least one month and be provided to public health upon request.
  • Safety plans must be available upon request

Information to assist with opening:

For further information please call Hamilton Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline  at 905-974-9848, Option 4.

The following recommendations apply to multi-unit housing:

Elevators

  • Practice physical distancing by keeping 2 metres (6 feet) away from others while waiting for an elevator and riding an elevator. Aim for no more than two or three people in the elevator at any time, unless they are also household members, to avoid close contact with others.
  • Take the stairs when possible or wait for the next elevator to avoid overcrowding.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth after touching elevator buttons or other elevator surfaces (e.g. mirrors or railings). 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze by using a tissue or your arm/sleeve.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer after leaving the elevator.
  • Enhanced cleaning practices should be in place for high-touch items, such as elevator buttons and surfaces. Clean and disinfect at minimum twice per day.

Signs:

Shared Laundry Facilities

While COVID-19 is mainly spread through person to person contact, it may be possible to be exposed to the virus by touching a contaminated surface in a shared laundry facility and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Practice physical distancing and keep 2 metres (6 feet) away from others. 
    • If physical distancing is not possible, wear a non-medical mask or face covering.
  • Limit the number of people allowed in a shared area at one time.
  • Avoid doing laundry if the facility is busy/crowded or when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Where possible, open windows or doors to increase ventilation in shared areas.
  • Wash your hands before and after doing laundry.
  • Clean laundry machine controls and common surfaces before and after each use, at mimimum twice per day.
  • Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry belonging to a person who is sick.
  • Do not shake dirty laundry.
  • Do not overload laundry machines.
  • Wash laundry using the warmest temperature setting possible.
  • Dry laundry at the highest temperature setting possible until completely dry.
  • Close washer and dryer doors when finished.
  • Place and fold clean clothes on a cleaned surface or separate area from where dirty clothes were placed.
  • Disinfect hampers between use for dirty and clean laundry OR use a designated clean and dirty hamper to ensure cross-contamination does not occur.

Signs:

Additional information for housing providers during COVID-19

The following provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations apply to restaurants, bars and nightclubs:

  • All restaurants, bars, concession stands, and other food and drink establishments may open for indoor dine-in, dining in outdoor areas such as patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent premises and take-out, drive-through, and delivery service.
  • Nightclubs are not permitted to open, except for the purpose of serving food or drinks to patrons in accordance with the conditions that apply to restaurants and bars.

Capacity/seating/physical distancing

  • Buffet-style service is not permitted.
  • All patrons must be seated when eating or drinking at the establishment.
  • Tables must be separated by a minimum of 2 metres.
  • A limit of 4 patrons may be seated together.
  • Maximum number of patrons that can be seated indoors is 10, regardless of the number of rooms in the premise Patrons in private rooms in restaurants or bars are included in the maximum number of 10 that are permitted indoors.
  • Line-ups/patrons congregating inside or outside venues must be managed by the venue and requires physical distancing of 2 metres between patrons and face coverings.

Face coverings/masks

  • Face coverings must be worn indoors, except when eating or drinking.
  • Employees must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) that provides protection of eyes, nose and mouth while providing services if the employee is required to come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a mask/face covering when indoors and the employee and patron are not separated by plexiglass/an impermeable barrier.

Hours of operation/liquor service

  • Bars and restaurants are required to close by 10 pm, except for takeout or delivery.
  • Liquor can only be sold or served between the hours of 9 am and 9 pm.
  • No liquor can be consumed on the premises  between 10 pm and 9 am(including employees).

Singing/music

  • Volume of music must be limited (no louder than the volume of a normal conversation)
  • Dancing, singing and live performance with wind and brass instruments is prohibited.

Safety plans/screening

  • Safety plans must be available upon request
  • Restaurants/bars must screen patrons before serving ie. questionnaire

Contact information

  • Names and contact information must be collected from every patron who enters an indoor or outdoor dining area in the establishment, other than patrons who temporarily enter the area to place, pick up or pay for a takeout order. This information must be kept on record for at least one month, and can then be disposed of using appropriate methods for personal information. Records must be provided to public health upon request.

Physical distancing of two metres between patrons from different households continues to apply to food trucks, food courts, concession stands and tours, including tastings at wineries, breweries and distilleries.

Outdoor Dining

The following provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations apply to outdoor dining at restaurants and bars:

  • If an outdoor dining area at the establishment is covered by a roof, canopy, tent, awning or other element, at least two full sides of the entire outdoor dining area must be open to the outdoors and must not be substantially blocked by any walls or other impermeable physical barriers.
  • If the outdoor dining area at the establishment is equipped with a retractable roof and the roof is retracted, at least one full side of the outdoor dining area must be open to the outdoors and must not be substantially blocked by any walls or other impermeable physical barriers.

Capacity limits for outdoor dining are based on physical distancing requirements. Capacity is limited by the ability to keep 2 metres apart from others within the outdoor dining space.

In the City of Hamilton, enclosed domes are currently allowed, but this is dependent on indoor dining being permitted AND the specifications below. These structures:

  • cannot be more than 60 m2 in aggregate ground area, (max 6 -  10’ x 10’ tents on one property)
  • cannot be attached to a building, and
  • are constructed more than 3m (10’) from other structures. (and other tents)
  • The enclosed domes are considered the same as indoor dining, and as such require the same public health measures as indoor dining. Masks must be worn except when eating/drinking.

Below are some steps to keep your outdoor dining area safer:

Outdoor Dining Steps

Read guidelines below for additional guidance:

The following provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations apply to retail spaces.

For malls:

  • Food court seating areas in malls are closed
  • Restaurants within the mall may remain open
  • Safety plan must be available upon request

For all retail spaces:

  • Volume of music must be limited
  • Fitting rooms limited to non-adjacent stalls
  • Line ups require patrons be spaced 2 metres apart and mask or face covering is required inside and if the line up is outside of the establishment

The provincial government recommends:

  • Limited capacity within retail stores and shopping malls during winter months

Fitness & Recreational Facilities

The following provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations apply to facilities for sports and recreational fitness facilities:

  • Facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities, including gymnasiums, health clubs, community centres, multi-purpose facilities, arenas, exercise studios, yoga and dance studios and other fitness facilities, may open for sports and recreational fitness activities if they comply with the following conditions:

Face coverings/masks

  • Face coverings are required, except when exercising.

Physical distancing/patron limits

  • Every person at the facility must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person unless they are engaged in a sport.
  • Every person in areas of the facility containing weights or exercise machines and every person participating in a fitness or exercise class must maintain a physical distance of at least three metres from every other person.
  • The total number of patrons permitted to be in any indoor fitness/exercise class at the facility must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least three metres from other persons in the facility, and cannot exceed 10 people. Each indoor fitness/exercise class at the facility must take place in a separate room.
  • The total number of patrons permitted to be in any outdoor fitness/exercise class at the facility must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least three metres from other persons in the facility, and cannot exceed 25 people.
  • The total number of patrons permitted to be in any indoor area with weights or exercise machines is limited to 10 people.
  • For clarity, there is only permitted to be 10 people in the facility total, not 10 people in an indoor fitness/exercise class and 10 people in the facility containing weights or exercise machines.There are only 10 people permitted in total in other sports and recreational fitness settings such as dance studios and martial arts gyms, not 10 people per room.
  • All sports and recreational programs in other facilities such as arenas and multiplexes are limited to 10 people per facility and 25 outdoors.
  • Assigned spaces are strongly recommended for organized fitness classes (e.g., by marking circles on the floor to designate where each person should exercise).

Music

  • The volume of music must be limited to conversation level.
  • Microphones must  be used by instructors who are engaged in a class, organized program or an organized activity.
  • Talking, singing or shouting should not be encouraged.

Cleaning & disinfecting

  • Equipment must be cleaned and disinfected between user sets.

Contact information/reservations

  • Names and contact information must be collected from all patrons and kept on record for at least one month. Records must be provided to public health upon request.
  • An appointment is required for entry.
  • Duration of stay/appointment is limited to 90 minutes per patron, unless engaged in a sport.

Safety plans/ventilation/screening

  • Safety plans must be available upon request.
  • Screening of all patrons is required, including spectators.
  • Ensuring that the building heating, venting and air conditioning (HVAC) system is well maintained in accordance to manufacturer’s instructions and meets minimum American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditions Engineers (ASHRAE) standards.

Closures

  • Steam rooms and saunas are not permitted to open.
  • Locker rooms, change rooms, showers and clubhouses in the facility must be closed, except to the extent they provide access to equipment storage, a washroom , a portion of the facility that is used to provide first aid, or if they are used in conjunction with a pool.

Sports Teams

The following provincial requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 and its Regulations apply to facilities for sports and recreational fitness facilities.

Team sports must not be practiced or played, except for training (no scrimmage or games). No contact is permitted for team or individual sports.

Participant limits

  • All sports and recreational programs in facilities such as arenas and multiplexes are limited to 10 people per room indoors and 25 outdoors. This means that at an arena, there is a limit of 10 patrons in the facility and on the ice rink, including coaches and players.

Cleaning and disinfection

  • Any equipment that is rented to, provided to or provided for the use of users of the facility must be cleaned and disinfected between each use or, where used in a game or practice, at the end of play, such as at the completion of a game or practice.
  • Activities must not be practised or played within the facility if they require the use of fixed structures that cannot be cleaned and disinfected between each use or, where used in a game or practice, at the end of play.

Spectator limits

  • No spectators are permitted within the facility, except each individual under the age of 18 years can be accompanied by one parent/guardian.

Face coverings/masks

  • Face coverings are required, except when exercising.

Contact information/reservations

  • Names and contact information must be collected by the owner of the facility and kept on record for at least one month. Records must be provided to public health upon request.
  • Reservations are required for each sport team to attend a facility.

Safety plans/screening

  • Safety plans must be available upon request.
  • Screening of all participants is required, including spectators.

Exemptions

  • Exemptions exist for high performance athletes and parasports.

Sports clubs should review the sport return guidelines (listed individually for each sport) and follow the advice from the Provincial Sport Organizations.


The resources and guidance documents provided on this page are to help workplaces and businesses conduct their own COVID-19 risk assessment and develop processes to help protect their employees and patrons. It remains the responsibility of the workplace to ensure that it complies with all applicable laws and is permitted to operate when deciding to open. Hamilton Public Health services is available to answer questions and provide general comments about plans, however do not provide advice regarding a workplace’s ability to operate.

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