Here’s what you can and can’t do in Hamilton during the coronavirus lockdown phase


The Ontario government has announced that Hamilton will enter the gray phase of the province’s lockdown of coronavirus restrictions starting at 12:01 a.m. on December 21.
Provincial government restrictions are expected to be in place for at least 28 days.

“In Hamilton, the number of cases and hospitalizations is on the rise and additional measures are needed to help stop the spread of the virus,” a statement released by officials on Dec. 18 said.

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“The case rate has increased 25.8% to 103.3 cases per 100,000 people and the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the region has more than doubled in the past two weeks. In addition, the positivity rate is well above the high alert threshold and stands at 4.2%. ”

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Overall, trips outside the home should only be made for essential reasons (work, school, grocery shopping, exercise, caring for vulnerable people). Social gatherings should be avoided and families are discouraged from visiting other households. Those who live alone are encouraged to associate with only one other household.

Here’s what will be allowed to operate under Ontario’s lockdown guidelines:

Cannabis stores

Cannabis stores may be open for curbside collection.

Casinos, bingo halls, games

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming facilities have been closed.

Cinemas, cinemas, performing arts installations

These facilities are closed with the exception of the drive-in theaters. Rehearsals or broadcast performances are authorized without spectators. Singers and musicians playing brass and wind instruments must be separated by waterproof barriers.

Driving schools

In-person instruction is not permitted, but virtual lessons can continue.

Film and television production

Film and television production shoots are not permitted beyond the “Red Zone Restrictions”. A government spokesperson said Global News film and television production can continue as long as there are no viewers. Employees and performers should stand two meters apart, except for “performance purposes”.

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Post-production is allowed.

Hotels and motels

Hotels and motels can remain open for business. However, swimming pools, fitness centers, meeting rooms and other recreational facilities must be closed.

Household services

Housekeepers, nannies, babysitters and other domestic workers will be able to continue working. Cleaning, maintenance and repair services and companies will also be authorized.


Only curbside contactless pickup and delivery will be permitted. Guests can go inside the facilities for pickup and drop-off or to access computers, photocopiers and similar services. Authorized services are permitted.

Discos and strip clubs

Night clubs and strip clubs can only operate if they do so as a restaurant or other catering establishment, which only means take out, drive-thru and / or food delivery services. and drinks.

Personal care services

Personal care service providers (eg, Hair Salons, Hair Salons, etc.) have been closed.


Real estate agencies will be allowed to operate, but open days must be by appointment only.

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Regulated health services

Regulated health professionals (chiropractors, dentists, massage therapists, ophthalmologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, podiatrists) are authorized to practice their activities within the provincial framework.

Restaurants, bars, cafes

Indoor and outdoor seating is prohibited. Existing take-out, drive-through and delivery services will continue.

Schools and post-secondary institutions

Schools and daycares will be allowed to remain open in accordance with previous reopening plans and adherence to evolving public health guidelines.

Post-secondary institutions may remain open to face-to-face instruction only for those programs that require it (eg, clinical medical education, trades, etc.). Virtual learning will be required for all other situations.

Shopping and Retail

Customers standing in line must respect a separation of two meters.

According to an Ontario government statement, in-person purchases are allowed at supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, discount and big box retailers with complete grocery components (eg. Walmart, Costco, etc.), hardware stores, security stores and pharmacies. . However, these companies must cap the number of customers at 50% of the approved capacity.

Other retail and department stores will only be allowed to open for curbside pickup and delivery. Customers will not be permitted to make retail purchases in person.

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Stores in malls can be opened for curbside pickup. The Ontario Minister of Health has encouraged the development of outdoor collection areas. Entrances to shopping malls can be left open so that people can access essential services (eg pharmacies). Food courts may only remain open for take-out service.

Auto dealerships and indoor garden centers can remain open by appointment only. Outdoor garden centers can remain open outdoors and for curbside pickup or delivery.

Foreign markets can remain open.

Social gatherings, religious services, weddings, funerals

Public events organized in halls and social gatherings are prohibited except for people from the same household. Outdoor public events and social gatherings with physical distancing are limited to 10 people. Virtual and drive-in events with distance will be allowed.

Weddings, funerals and religious services are capped at 10 people indoors and 10 people outdoors. The physical distance must be respected.

Sports and recreational fitness

All indoor facilities have been closed. Community centers and multi-purpose facilities can only remain open for exempt activities and services such as childcare.

Individual and team indoor sports, as well as training, are not permitted, except for top athletes and professional leagues.

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