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What’s open in Hamilton

Get the full picture of what is open and closed in Hamilton right now.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put travel and recreation somewhat on hold with many restaurants, shops and attractions made to close their doors. However, we’ve done a bit of research and found that there is still a bit of fun to be had while staying safe and following government guidelines.

We’ve listed what you can expect when dining out, getting some fresh air and exercise or exploring some of the attractions of our great city. One of the key points is that masks are still required in all indoor public spaces and close contact should be limited to those in your household or with one other household if you live alone.

Read on to find out what’s open in Hamilton and what restrictions are in place.

Note, the below is accurate as of 15 March 2021. Due to the evolving nature of the situation, the information provided can change at any time. Contact the venue before visiting to confirm. Social distancing and maintaining good hygiene still apply.

What restrictions are in place for Hamilton residents?

  • Masks must be worn when not actively exercising.
  • Social gatherings and public events are allowed with a limit of 5 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
  • You can go for a walk or hike but some parks require advance reservation.
  • Skiing, ice-skating and snow-shoe trails are open but a face-covering is required, and tickets and rental equipment must be purchased online in advance.
  • Swimming at indoor pools is not currently allowed
  • Drive-in movies are open but indoor cinemas are not.
  • Concert venues and theatres are not currently allowed unless they use a drive-in or drive-through format.
  • Some attractions are currently open and a mask is required while indoors.
  • Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments are open for both indoor and outdoor dining with restrictions on the number of patrons and restricted hours of service.
  • Exercise can continue with a few restrictions:
  • Social distancing rules include at least two metres for general activities and three metres for fitness or exercise classes and weightlifting.
  • A maximum of 10 guests total can participate in indoor classes, 10 guests total using weights or exercise machines and 25 guests total for outdoor classes in any one facility.
  • Reservations must be made in advance and contact information will be collected.
  • Steam rooms, saunas, locker rooms, change rooms, showers and clubhouses will be closed.
  • Golf courses, horse riding, tennis courts and similar outdoor recreational amenities are allowed to be open.
  • Training for team sports with no contact is allowed but actual games can not currently be played.
  • Religious services, weddings and funerals are allowed with a limit of 30% capacity indoors and 100 people outdoors.

What’s open in Hamilton?

Are attractions open in Hamilton?

Yes, some Hamilton attractions are open. Some restrictions do apply including:

  • A maximum of 10 patrons for indoor tours and a maximum of 25 for outdoor tours.
  • Drive-in cinemas are allowed but indoor cinemas are closed.
  • Theatres and concert venues are closed unless they provide a drive-through or drive-in format.
  • Hamilton Civic Museums are currently closed.

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Are walking trails and parks open in Hamilton?

Parks around Ontario are open for day-use activities including walking, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and skating. Overnight stays at campgrounds, campsites and roofed accommodation, like cabins, cottages and yurts, are currently closed.

Equipment rentals and visitor centres are closed as well so you will need to come prepared with everything you need. When planning your visit, check the park’s website for the latest updates on closures and individual guidelines.

Are malls open in Hamilton?

Yes, malls, including supermarkets and retail stores are open. New capacity limits do apply which include 50% capacity for stores and 75% capacity for supermarkets. Restaurants within a mall can be open but food court seating areas must be closed.

Are hotels open in Hamilton?

While hotels are technically allowed to be open, the government has instructed all non-essential travel to be avoided. This includes any travel that is considered recreational or touristic in nature.

If you do need to stay at a hotel, here are some of the new safety measures you are likely to encounter:

  • Additional screening questions upon entry
  • Hand sanitizing stations in public areas
  • Markers and signage to encourage social distancing
  • Plexiglass separation screens at the front desk
  • Reduced occupancy
  • Items such as irons and hairdryers might be removed but available on request

Do I need to pre-book to visit dining venues and attractions?

It is strongly recommended to book both dining venues and attractions in advance wherever possible. Restaurants need to operate at a reduced capacity and a call ahead will help avoid having to wait in socially-distanced queues.

Are restaurants, cafes and bars open in Hamilton?

Yes, you can still eat out in Hamilton with both outdoor and indoor dining allowed. However, you will notice some changes that will make a difference to your experience. These include:

  • Masks must be worn indoors except when you’re eating and drinking
  • Indoor seating is limited to 10 diners total
  • Liquor can only be served between 9am and 9pm
  • Bars and restaurants must close from 10pm to 5am, except for takeout or delivery
  • Up to four people can sit together
  • Tables must be socially distanced
  • Patrons must be seated when eating or drinking
  • Dancing, singing and live performances with wind and brass instruments are not allowed
  • Contact information will be collected from each patron except for takeout orders

Nightclubs are not permitted unless being used to serve food and drinks in the style of a restaurant or bar.

What’s closed in Hamilton?

  • Arenas
  • Cinemas
  • Community halls
  • Concert venues
  • Food courts
  • Hamilton Bulldogs games
  • Indoor pools
  • Public events
  • Recreation centres
  • Saunas and steam rooms
  • Theatres

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