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COVID-19 Response Framework - Adjustments to indoor dining capacity limits in Hamilton

HAMILTON, ON – Late today, the provincial government announced that it is adjusting dining capacity limits at restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments, for regions in Red-Control and Orange-Restrict levels of the Framework, which includes Hamilton, effective Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 12:01 am.

As Hamilton is in the Red-Control level capacity limits for indoor dining will be adjusted to allow for up to 50 per cent of the indoor dining area to be accessible to the public up to a maximum of 50 patrons.

Additional measures to ensure the continued safety of patrons and workers include, but are not limited to:

  • Limiting tables for indoor dining to members of the same household with exemptions for patrons who live alone and caregivers; 
  • A sign posted by the establishment in a location visible to the public that states the maximum capacity (number of patrons) they are permitted to operate under.

All other existing restrictions currently in the Regulations such as physical distancing, mask wearing, collection of contact tracing information etc. must also continue.

At the time of this media release, the Regulations for the Red-Control level have not been updated on the provincial website. Once staff have reviewed the updated Regulations any further information or clarification will be provided to businesses as soon as possible.

Additional Resources

Public Health Services’ COVID-19 Hotline: 905-974-9848 or [email protected]