Hamilton will go back to the Red Zone of COVID restrictions on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12 a.m.
In Hamilton, the latest weekly rate of new cases per 100,000 population reported is 43. The average number of cases (7-day moving average) reported per day is 37. The percent positivity among tests is 2.0%.
Some key changes as Hamilton enters the Red – Control category include:
• Limits for all organized public events and social gatherings are set at 5 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
• Restaurants can reopen with capacity limits of 10 patrons seated indoors. Outdoor dining, take out, drive through and delivery are permitted. A limit of 4 people may be seated together, and face coverings are required except when eating or drinking.
• Sports and recreational fitness facilities may reopen, with capacity limits of 10 people in indoor areas with weights and exercise machines, 10 people in all indoor classes, or 25 people in outdoor classes. Participants must maintain two metres of physical distancing at all times, and that spacing is increased to three metres in areas where there are weights or exercise equipment, and in exercise and fitness classes.
• Retail establishments may reopen with capacity limits and health screening. Capacity limits must be posted publicly and are:
o 75% for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores, pharmacies
o 50% for all other retail, including discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores and garden centres
• Most personal care services may reopen
• More information on other changes in the Red – Control category can be found here: COVID-19 Response Framework
Moving into the Red – Control category has a number of impacts to City facilities and services as well. These include:
Some City services will be restored
• Beginning Wednesday, February 17, a number of City services can be accessed in-person by appointment only. Residents can make an appointment by calling 905 546 (CITY). This includes:
o Services at City Hall, including the Planning & Economic Development and Hamilton Business Centre service counters
o Services at the Municipal Service Centres
o The Provincial Offences Administration Office
o Animal Services
o Licensing counters
o Residents are encouraged to access municipal services online where available: www.hamilton.ca/onlinecityservices
IMPORTANT: Property owners who don’t pay their property taxes through a monthly payment plan or through a mortgage company are required to pay the first installment of their 2021 property tax by February 26, 2021. Options to pay property taxes:
Pre-authorized debit payment plans
At a bank
By telephone or online banking
In person at City Hall or Municipal Service Centres – Appointment is required.
Residents can call 905 546 CITY (2489) or visit hamilton.ca/PayYourPropertyTax for more information.
o Some City services remain unavailable at this time, including municipal marriage ceremonies.
• Select Hamilton Civic Museums will reopen by appointment in early March
• The Gage Park Tropical Greenhouse will reopen on a limited schedule, open to limited visitors on Friday, Saturday and Sundays only, beginning Friday, February 19.
• In addition to the ongoing outdoor recreation programs already running at this time, a number of recreation programs will be available for residents to access in person, including:
o Winter Golf and Disc Golf will be available at Chedoke Golf Course beginning February 16. Disc lending will be available February 20.
o Indoor arenas will be available for ice rental. Some will be available as of February 22 with additional arenas becoming available on March 1 if there is enough demand.
o Indoor pools will be available for open swim and lengths swim in a phased reopening approach beginning in early March, with additional pools reopening later in March. Visit www.hamilton.ca/recreation for details.
o Open gym programming will reopen on in mid-March for groups of 10 or less.
o Seniors Services will reopen for small group reservations in mid-March for groups of 10 or less.
o Access to recreation programs will be restricted to residents of the City of Hamilton and Hamilton-based organizations or sports clubs.
Enforcement will continue
Locally, the Reopening Ontario Act will continue to be assertively enforced by the City’s Municipal Law Enforcement, COVID Enforcement Team. As the city enters the Red – Control category, the COVID Enforcement team will be responding to complaints as well as proactively enforcing all of the applicable regulations throughout the City.