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What’s open in Hamilton right now?

What you can and can't get up to in Hamilton during the pandemic.

Restrictions and alerts are constantly changing across New Zealand. Unsure where you can go, what you can do and what rules you need to follow when you leave the house? We’ve laid everything out here so you can go about your day safely in Hamilton.

Note, the below is accurate as of 2 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?

Hamilton, like more of New Zealand, is on Alert Level 2. This means that you can go about your everyday but with a few health and safety measures to follow to keep the community safe. Specifically these are:

  • Physical distancing rules: When in unregulated public spaces such as retail stores and shopping malls, you should keep two metres away from others. When in controlled spaces, such as offices, this is reduced to one metre.
  • Gatherings are limited to 100 people: No gathering in a defined space may exceed 100 people. This includes at weddings, funerals and festivals.
  • Wear a mask on public transport: You should also wear a mask in public, particularly if physical distancing is difficult or impossible, such as in a rideshare.
  • If you’re sick, get tested: Even if you’re only presenting mild symptoms, getting tested and isolating at home reduces the spread of COVID-19. After being tested, stay at home until you receive a negative result.
  • Get the NZ COVID Tracer app: All businesses, services, transport operators and workplaces must display a NZ COVID Tracer app sign. Patrons should use it to check in and out.
  • Maintain good hygiene: This includes washing your hands for 20 seconds, sanitising your hands and sneezing or coughing into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Travel only to Alert Level 2 or lower locations: While local and regional travel are allowed, you should avoid any areas that are in a higher alert than Hamilton. At the time of writing this is only Auckland.

What’s open in Hamilton

Are attractions open in Hamilton?

All indoor and outdoor attractions in Hamilton can stay open at Alert Level 2. When at attractions, you should stay one metre away from anyone who doesn’t belong to your household. Attractions may be capped at 100 people at a time.

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Are walking trails, lakes and parks open in Hamilton?

Yes. Tramping trails, lakes and public parks are open in Hamilton for leisure purposes.

This includes Hamilton Lake Domain and Pukete Farm Park.

When out, a distance of two metres should be kept from others. You must also keep gatherings, such as parties in parks or at beaches, down to 100 people or less.

Another thing to be wary of is that even though parks and beaches are open, tracks may occasionally be closed for maintenance or because of dangerous situations. Check official sites before you leave the house in case you need to alter your plans.

Are shopping centres, supermarkets and grocery stores open?

Yes. Retail stores, supermarkets and public services are remaining open. When you visit, keep a two-metre distance from others, wear a mask if possible and remember to sign in using the New Zealand COVID tracer app.

Are hotels open in Hamilton?

Hotels, hostels, motels, Airbnbs and campsites and their facilities can all stay open. Due to gathering limits, there may be changes in the way shared facilities work. Check with the accommodation first in case you need to make alternative arrangements.

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

Generally, no. Although with venues capped at 100 people at the moment, pre-booking may be ideal if you’re visiting a popular venue or attraction during peak hours.

Popular tourist attractions in and around Hamilton you can book include:

Are restaurants, cafes and bars open in Hamilton?

All restaurants, cafes and bars in Hamilton have been given the green light to remain open for up to 100 patrons per defined space.

When dining you must sign in using the NZ COVID Tracer app.

All patrons must be seated and tables spaced at least one metre apart in line with the latest social distancing rules. You may also find that your group has a dedicated server to reduce the number of people you are in contact with.

What’s closed in Hamilton?

All dining and event venues as well as open spaces may remain open at Alert Level 2. The main differences you’ll find are the distancing and gathering rules which are there to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Despite this, venues may still choose to close at this time. Before you head out, it’s always best to check that it is open to avoid disappointment.

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