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Recreation Programming Updates


Group Fitness Programs Update
As of October 19, Hamilton Public Health Services is requiring all recreation fitness facilities put additional measures in place.  These measures apply to group classes conducting fitness activities, and include:

  • Must maintain 3m of physical distance from others
  • Masks always required 
  • Maximum 9 people per class

Masks are now required for fitness/training group classes. This includes all City of Hamilton fitness registered and drop in programming, group fitness (cardio, yoga, tai chi) and water fitness (water fit, aqua finning, aqua cycling). Water fitness programs will be adjusted to avoid bobbing/dunking of the head so individuals can wear masks while participating in these activities.

More information on these measures is outlined in the letter “Responsibilities of recreational fitness facilities to reduce the spread of COVID-19” and summarized under “Recreational Fitness Facilities” here:

Drop In Programs Update
As of September 14, the City has restarted fall programming with a greater variety of drop in swimming and gym programming, including lane swims, open gyms, and programming for seniors and families. Note that program spaces have been reduced, and some programs require pre-reservation.

Registered Programs Update
On October 5, some registered programs will restart, including modified swimming lessons, sports and fitness programs, general interest, and preschool programs.

  • Note that all programs will be instructed while maintaining distance between staff and participants.
  • Programs for 3-5 years and Swimmer 1/2 will required a caregiver to assist with instruction and distancing. 

Programs are now available to browse at - online registration opens September 23 & 24.

Arenas Update
The City is continuing to work with user groups of arenas to determine the demand for ice time and finalize the plan for reopening arenas.

Public skating won’t be available until the new year as we focus on the getting our team sports and ice users back to play.

Senior Centres/Clubs Update
The City has been working closely with the boards for various seniors centres and clubs in Hamilton to determine reopening plans and gauge interest in resuming programming. In collaboration with the City, the boards have voted on the capacity, ability and interest to return fall programming. The following boards have chosen to resume limited programming in fall:

  • Dundas Senior Club (September 15)
  • Sackville Senior Centre (October 5)
  • Main Hess Senior Activity Club (October 5)
  • Winona Senior’s Club (October 5)

Visit for Fall schedules

All other boards have chosen to remain closed for the fall season, and will reconsider reopening in January 2021.

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Policies & Guidelines
Home Alone Safety for Kids
Register online today!

This comprehensive safety program is best suited for children aged 9 to 12. Designed with families in mind to help prepare children to be responsible and care for themselves safely in the exciting and sometimes scary event of leaving them without adult supervision. Online accounts will be activated within 72 hours.


Ontario Government Guidelines

Hamilton-Specific Guidelines
General Sport Reopening (PDF, 74 KB)
Baseball Reopening (PDF, 79 KB)
Bocce Club Reopening (PDF, 70 KB)
Lawn Bowling Reopening (PDF, 77 KB)
Pickleball Reopening (PDF, 68 KB)
Soccer Reopening (PDF, 76 KB)
Sports Field Reopening (PDF, 68 KB)
Rural SubCommittee Reopening (PDF, 68 KB)
Tennis Reopening (PDF, 70 KB)
Track and Field Reopening (PDF, 76 KB)