Safe Return to Play

COVID Restrictions in Place for Recreation

 Updates applicable as of January 10, 2022

Important Closure Notice

On December 22, 2021, several recreation facilities were closed to assist with staffing capacity at vaccination clinics and to protect essential services impacted by expected staff illness and potential isolation/quarantine periods.

Additionally, beginning January 5, 2022 at 12:01 am, as part of the Reopening Ontario Act, All Recreation Centres, Senior Centres/Clubs, Arenas, Community Halls (including tennis and bocce clubs) are closed.

Facilities are closed to the public, with staff monitoring phone and email during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm). For recreation inquiries, please contact the general line at 905-546-3747 or [email protected]

All registered programs are cancelled for the full winter session scheduled to begin Monday, January 10, 2022 and refunds as credit on account will be processed automatically.

Refunds or requests for course withdrawals will be processed in accordance with standard procedures.

Passes will continue to remain active and valid for facilities and drop in programming still operating. Visit for open facilities and schedules.  

The City of Hamilton welcomes the community back to our municipal recreation programs and facilities. The measures below will be in place at all indoor recreation facilities to ensure the safe return of participants and staff to in person services.

Proof of Vaccine

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccine verification and identification required to enter indoor facility for sports, recreation, meetings or events
  • Documents visually verified by staff – no information retained or copied
  • For more information, visit

  • Children under 12 years of age
  • Individuals with a medical exemption and supporting documentation from a physician/nurse
  • Individuals using the washroom or passing through an indoor space to access outdoor space
  • Retail or admission/membership purchases (without the intent to stay)
  • Individuals accessing social services (i.e. health services, vaccine clinic, meal/food access)

Mask Usage

  • Masks required in all indoor spaces unless engaged in athletic/fitness activity or removing briefly to eat/drink
  • Customer service counters equipped with plexi barriers
  • Eye protection to employees providing customer service when plexi is not available
  • Additional PPE and protocols during first aid administration

Physical Distancing

  • Program and room capacities reduced to ensure participants can maintain 2m distance
  • Programs and services instructed while maintaining 2m distance where possible
  • Identified facility traffic flow and reduced changeroom amenities to ensure distancing in common areas

Stop the Spread

  • Reservations encouraged to access programs and reduce waiting or lines
  • Handwashing and sanitizer easily accessible to program spaces and entrances
  • Participants encouraged to bring their own equipment
  • Number of visitors further restricted through reduced operating hours, event rentals, and greater spacing between programs

Health Screening

  • Health screening signage at the entrance of all facilities
  • Enhanced health screening for all participants admitted into program spaces
  • All employees complete health screening prior to entering the workplace

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  • Employee training on the proper use of cleaning and disinfectant products and enhanced cleaning schedules
  • Enhanced disinfecting of common areas and high touch points
  • Enhanced disinfecting of program spaces and equipment


  • Contact tracing for all program participants and visitors for close contact notifications
  • Participant and program expectations will be clearly signed, including reduced space capacities, distancing requirements, or modified rules
  • Safety plan is available upon request

Frequently Asked Questions

To further assist families with decision making we have provided the following answers to some frequently asked questions:

Do I need to self-assess before visiting a recreation facility or program?

Yes, it is important that all visitors and program participants complete the passive self-assessment screening (PDF) before entering Recreation facilities. Customer Service staff and Instructors will be confirming verbally that this has been completed before admission.

FAQs - City of Hamilton Proof of Vaccine

Updated December 13, 2021

Each person who enters an indoor facility for sports, recreation, meetings or events must show proof of vaccination and identification at the time of entry, which will be visually verified by staff. Verification is required for any individual who is not an employee working in or operating the facility. Effective January 4, 2022 anyone accessing recreation facilities will be required to use the enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code.

When arriving at a facility, signage will indicate the main entrance. Vaccine verification is required when entering a facility, followed by contact and health screening. Please plan and adjust arrival times accordingly as you may experience wait times before entering. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

No. Any vaccination records or documentation will only be visually verified - no information will be retained or copied. Vaccine Verification Screeners/Recreation Staff are trained to check identification and verify vaccine status based on provincial guidance.

Yes. Businesses and organizations are not permitted to retain vaccine records or status, so individuals will be required to show their proof of vaccination each time they enter the facility.

Proof of vaccination, identification and exemption requirements are determined by the Ministry of Health. For more information, visit

Identification is required to verify name and date of birth only.

  • Must show Name and Date of Birth, issued from an institution or organization
  • Does not need to include a picture
  • Can be shown as a digital/electronical version (on a device)
  • Can be expired

Yes. The changeroom and pool deck are considered part of the recreation facility amenities and program spaces and as such, are areas where vaccine verification will be required for entry.

No. Members of the public will be permitted to quickly use the closest non-changeroom washroom and exit the building.

If you can no longer use your membership or attend a program that you or your child registered for as a result of the new vaccine verification requirements, you can receive a full refund and the cancellation fee will be waived. Refunds will be prorated for the remaining session or months. To cancel your program registration and/or request a refund, please email [email protected].

The following vaccine exemptions apply to recreation facilities:

  • Children under 12 years of age
  • Participants of organized sports under 18 years of age (e.g. sport leagues, swim lessons and registered sport programs)
  • Individuals with a medical exemption and supporting documentation from a physician/nurse
  • Individuals using the washroom or passing through an indoor space to access outdoor space
  • Retail or admission/membership purchases (without the intent to stay)
  • Individuals accessing social services (i.e. health services, vaccine clinic, meal/food access)

Participants are not required to show identification if:

  • Accessing a program intended for children under 12 years of age.

Participants 12-17 years of age accessing any programs are required to show proof of vaccination and identification in accordance with the Ministry of Health. For more information, visit

Yes. In City of Hamilton facilities, proof of vaccination is required for permit holders, their staff or volunteers, including coaches and officials. Anyone 18 years of age or older (for sport) or 12 years of age or older (for non-sport/spectators) must show proof of vaccination to enter the facility.

The worker exemption applies to City of Hamilton staff, volunteers, contractors, inspectors and/or delivery persons who are required to operate the facility.

Effective December 20, 2021 there are no longer any exemptions for youth 12-17 years old and proof of vaccination is required to enter an indoor facility for sports, recreation, meetings or events.

No member of the public will be permitted to enter the facility without proof of vaccination or exemption.

The City of Hamilton has a Zero Tolerance policy. Anyone engaging in verbal assaults, threats or aggression, vandalism, or incitement of violence will be ejected from the property with a mandatory suspension from all municipal facilities. We ask that everyone attending a City recreation centre/arena contributes to a positive and supportive environment for children, their families, and community sport.

Physical distancing and reduced capacities are no longer required for facilities or events that require Proof of Vaccination.

Mask requirements, contact tracing, health screening and enhanced cleaning remains in place.

For more information, see the Recreation Safe Return to Play Plan:


Facility Related

Use our Program Finder to find both registered and drop in programs. 

  • Select “Courses and Lessons” in the left-hand tool bar for registered programs
  • Select “Drop In Programs” for all other offerings

Registered and Drop in programs will be affected by the Safe Return to Play guidelines above and any regulations required by Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen.  Updated information on current services available can be found at

Yes. Wearing a mask or face covering is required in enclosed public spaces under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020. The mask or face covering should cover is required to cover your nose, mouth and chin, without gapping.

All visitors to enclosed recreation facilities must wear a mask or face covering in all common areas including pool decks, changerooms and hallways unless exempted under the provincial regulation. Masks are strongly encouraged in all fitness or physical activity programs. Masks may be removed while swimming in the pool, however are required on deck and in changerooms.

What is an acceptable mask or face covering?
“Face covering” refers to a medical or non-medical mask, or other covering such as a balaclava, bandana, scarf, cloth or similar item that covers the nose, mouth and chin without gapping. Face shields or hard plastic masks which do not form a seal around the nose, mouth, and chin are not considered replacements for a mask.

Spectators and non-participants are not permitted within the program space or pool deck (parents required for participation or support workers assisting participants are considered participants and are allowed in the program space). Limited alternative viewing areas may be available at some locations and may be used if 2m or 6ft of physical distance can be maintained. Please do not gather around doorways or hallways to watch or wait for programs.

Changerooms and showers will be open, however lockers or other amenities available may be reduced (showers, dryers, sinks). Please only bring what you need for your swim and arrive promptly at your program time to avoid changeroom congestion.

Some sites will use alternate waiting areas for classes/programs waiting to start. Please follow all signage or directions as posted at your facility.

Yes. We recommend that individuals register or make an online reservation using the Program Finder.

The City’s inclusive support program and adapted programs are offered with limited options and enhanced health and safety measures in place. 

Families are always welcome to provide their own support staff who can provide hands-on or close assistance within 6ft) of the participant. If you need assistance accessing a program or would like to discuss program/facilities please contact the inclusion team at [email protected]

Registered Programs

Select registered group classes are now being offered. Use the Program Finder to see current program offerings. 

There may be a number of reasons a program is not offered, including:

  • Restrictions or requirements that prevent the program activities
  • Inability to maintain distance or disinfect equipment
  • Decreased community demand
  • Reduced facility operating hours or program space or staff availability

As part of our phased approach, the following programs will be modified during Fall 2020 to require direct parent participation in program to ensure program instructor can maintain distance at all times.

Programs for 3-5 years and Swimmer 1/2 will require a caregiver to physically participate in the program with each participant (i.e. in the water providing hands on instruction)

  • Splash Program (all levels) *must be in water
  • Swimmer 1 *must be in water
  • Swimmer 2 *must be in water
  • Exploring Art
  • Exploring Movement
  • Exploring Science
  • Sports Blast (3-5 yrs)
  • All Gym/Club programs (ages 3-5)

Recreation programs always strive to maintain low staff to participant ratios to ensure quality instruction. However, all program spaces have been measured for reduced capacities to ensure distance can be maintained, and where required, class sizes may be further reduced.

Recreation staff will be following requirements for reduced capacities and enhanced disinfecting between programs/users. As a result, operating hours and number of programs offered at a facility may be reduced.

Recreation staff will be closely monitoring registration and waitlist demands and may be able to add additional programming where demonstrated need exists.

Please refer to our current refund policy to determine if you are eligible for a refund for your registered program offering.

Registration for programs with available spots will be ongoing after the scheduled registration date. To receive email communication and updates from the Recreation Division update your communication preferences by logging in to your account and updating your profile in the Program Finder.

Drop In Programs

Yes. We recommend that individuals reserve space in drop in programs, for all members within their family group 25hrs in advance using the Program Finder. How to find and book your drop in tickets is available in PDF and Video format. If you have difficulty accessing the online Program Finder call 905-546-3747 for assistance by phone

Due to the limited availability of these programs viewing and reservation will only be made available 24 hours in advance.

Where a drop in program tile indicates “0 out of 0 capacity remaining”, the course is not available for online booking or reservation, there is “0” capacity in the online environment.  These programs are only available through in person admission during the scheduled time.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment to programs when required (including racquets, Personal Flotation Devices, float belts, balls). Limited equipment may be available at the facility and will be disinfected between users.

Golf Operations

Before you arrive

  • Complete Passive Self Assessment Screening (PDF, 79 KB) before entering the Golf course.
  • If you aren’t feeling well, stay home.
  • All players must have a pre-booked tee-time. No walk-ups will be accepted.
  • Payment is encouraged to be done before arrival. Please be prepared to pay for your tee time at time of booking - VISA, VISA Debit, or Mastercard only
  • Tee time intervals have been increased to satisfy physical distancing requirements.
  • Names and phone numbers are required for all golfers prior to arriving at the facility.
  • Changerooms will not be available, come ready to play.

 When you arrive

  • You will not be allowed to enter the property more than 25 minutes before your tee time.
  • Congregating in the parking lot will not be permitted. Please try to leave space between parked vehicles.
  • Follow signage and check in with staff.
  • Putting/practice greens will be open. Groups will be allowed to access the greens 20 minutes prior to their tee time.
  • Course equipment such as bunker rakes has been removed, flags will remain in the holes and pool noodles equipped in the bottom of the cup will be available.
  • Golf carts are equipped with cart dividers. All players will be required to use a cart with a divider unless they live in the same residence.
  • Pull carts are on a first come first served basis.
  • The clubhouse washrooms at King’s Forest and Halfway House washrooms at Chedoke are open for use.

Food and Beverage

  • Takeout food and beverage service is available - credit or debit only 

When you leave

  • Once finished your round, leave the cart in the designated area and proceed directly to your vehicle.
  • All golfers must leave the course promptly.

I have a question that hasn’t been answered who can I speak with?

Please contact our customer service staff directly.
Phone: 905-546-3747
Email: [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you at the centres!