Hamilton goes into lockdown on Monday. Here’s what you need to know


On Monday morning, life in Hamilton will head for lockdown.

But it won’t be like the 40s we remember from March – unless you do leaven again or decide that now is the time to master a new instrument.

Schools remain open – other than regularly scheduled vacations – and Hamilton Trails are ready for these closed walks to help keep you sane.

The viewer has broken down what you need to know about what all of this means for the city.

How long will we be locked out?

Hamilton will remain on lockdown for at least 28 days – or until January 18, 2021. During this time, the city will not enter any further phases of the province’s COVID-19 framework.

Depending on the number of transmissions, hospitalizations and number of cases, Hamilton could return to the red phase by the end. But, as in Toronto and Peel – which were due to see the restrictions lifted on Monday – the lockdown could be extended.

Can I still get together with people?

Indoor gatherings with anyone outside your immediate home are not permitted. People who live alone are allowed to have close contact with a household to reduce the effects of isolation.

Inviting people to your home can result in hefty fines: $ 880 for participants and $ 10,000 for organizers.

Outdoor gatherings are limited to just 10 people, with physical distancing.

Weddings and funerals can only accommodate 10 people, whether indoors or outdoors, and physical distance should be maintained. Virtual and drive-in events and religious services, rites or ceremonies are permitted.

What about shopping?

For those looking to shop, a large number of retailers will be closed to in-person purchases, but will remain open for curbside pickup and delivery only.

In-person purchases are permitted at supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, hardware stores, other retailers selling groceries, beer, wine and liquor stores, drug stores, security stores and pet stores.

But purchases will come with restrictions. Store capacity will be halved and in Hamilton shoppers will continue to be screened at the door.

For shopping malls, retail outlets can remain open for pickup and delivery – in-person purchases are not permitted. People can access the mall for limited purposes, including pharmacies, dentists’ offices, and court-footed take-out.

Hamilton Public Library branches are open for limited services, including hold pickup, computer use, printing and photocopying. Visits to all branches are limited to a maximum of two hours. No browsing the shelves; HPL staff will collect reservations for you. More details on the COVID-19 updates page of the HPL site.

What is closed?

Restaurants and bars will be closed to indoor and outdoor dining, but take-out, delivery and drive-thru will remain open.



Indoor sports and recreational facilities as well as meeting and event spaces are closed except for permitted activities such as babysitting, day camp and social services.

Gyms, exercise studios, yoga studios, arenas and swimming pools are also closed. Team sports are prohibited.

Personal care services such as hair salons, nail salons, and tattoo studios are closed.

Cinemas, casinos, bingo halls, zoos, museums and attractions are closed. Theaters and drive-thru attractions may remain open.

Cannabis stores are closed but curbside pickup is permitted.

In-person driver training courses are not permitted but can take place virtually.

What is open?

Schools and daycares are always open.

Outdoor recreational facilities such as ski slopes, rinks and trails may remain open, but no group or team activity is permitted. Facilities at city parks, such as playgrounds and off-leash dog parks, remain open.

Auto dealerships and indoor garden centers may remain open by appointment only. Outdoor markets such as farmers markets and holiday markets may also remain open with restrictions.

Interior and exterior cleaning and maintenance services are permitted. This includes housekeeping, nanny services, and general repair services.

Veterinarians and pet services such as kennels, stables and dog groomers remain open.


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