Hamilton moves into Lockdown

The City of Hamilton has officially moved to the grey-lockdown category of the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework at 12:01 a.m. this morning.

The following are rules and regulations Hamilton residents must know following the new restrictions:

Gatherings and Close Contact:

  • It is illegal to gather indoors with anyone you do not live with.
  • If you live alone, you can have contact with only one other household.
  • Outdoor gatherings can host up to 10 people.
  • Religious, wedding, and funeral services have a capacity of 10 people both indoors and outdoors
  • You must only go out for essential reasons, such as: work, school, groceries, pharmacy, health care, helping vulnerable people, exercise and physical activity.

Rules for all Businesses:

  • Must screen employees.
  • Limit capacity so guests can stay at least 2 metres apart.
  • Anyone indoors must wear a mask or face covering.
  • Workers must wear personal protective equipment that protects their eyes, nose, and mouth, when they have to come withing 2 metres of anyone who is not wearing a mask or face covering, or seperated by plexiglass.
  • Clean and disinfect often-touched surfaces, such as equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms and showers frequently
  • Create a safety plan and have it available upon request (for example, to inspectors or law enforcement officers)


  • Online ordering, Curbside pick-up, and delivery services are available
  • In person shopping is available for: Supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, hardware stores, other retailers selling groceries, beer, wine and liquor stores, pharmacies, safety supply stores, and outdoor markets.
  • Motor and recreational vehicle, and garden centres are open by appointment only.

Food and drink establishments:

  • Take-out, Drive-through and Delivery service are available
  • All indoor and outdoor services are closed

Performing Arts Facilities

  • No audiences allowed.
  • Rehearsing, recording or broadcasting an event or performance is allowed (for example, streaming a performance to an online audience).
  • Everyone must stay 2 metres away from each other, except when needed for the performance.
  • There must be a barrier (for example, plexiglass) between singers and wind- or brass-instrument players and other performers.


  • Only drive-ins allowed

Sports and Recreational Fitness facilities

  • Closed (limited exceptions, for example, day camps and child care)

Meeting and event spaces

  • Closed for meetings and events (limited exceptions, for example child care, mental health and addiction support services).

Personal Care Services

  • Closed

Casinos, Bingo Halls, and Gaming Establishments

  • Closed