After the Provincial announcement earlier this week that Flamborough / Hamilton can enter Stage Two of reopening, the City is preparing to reopen some areas beginning as early as Friday June 19, including outdoor dining services at bars and restaurants, shopping malls, personal care services, water and other outdoor recreational facilities, beaches, and certain other businesses, services and areas.
This week, I have worked alongside several local restaurant owners to get permission to expand their patios. Many will be opening this weekend, so please call them to learn the process for times and reservations.
Pools and Spray Pads: The City is currently making preparations to reopen indoor and outdoor pools and spray pads. We will announce the details and timing for reopening these amenities as soon as possible.
Beaches: All beaches in Hamilton will reopen on Friday, June 19.
Outdoor Recreational Facilities: Outdoor team sports may resume for training purposes only, with no scrimmages or games. More details on booking City fields for training purposes will follow as soon as possible.
Community Centres: While the Province has allowed community centres to reopen to the public with limited or modified on-site programs, and services, at this time our municipal community centres will remain closed to the public.
Museums and Heritage Buildings: While the Province has allowed museums and heritage buildings to reopen to the public, at this time our museums and heritage buildings will remain closed to the public.Please note that all playgrounds, play structures and outdoor fitness equipment remain closed at this time.
In addition to these municipal re-openings, the City is supporting the reopening of certain workplaces and public places in Hamilton.
Guidance for Businesses and Workplaces: The Workplaces and Public Places webpage includes guidance documents, posters and signage, as well as focused information for:
- Child care centres
- Community gardens
- Faith-based gatherings and funerals
- Harm reduction settings
- Residential buildings – laundry and elevators
- Restaurants and other food premises
- Summer day camps
- Taxis and ride sharing
- Water safety
- Personal service settings
Outdoor Dining in Hamilton: Bars and restaurants may now open for dining in outdoor areas only, such as patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent premises. They must take appropriate measures to ensure physical distancing of at least two metres between patrons from different households, including using reservations, limiting the number of patrons allowed in the outdoor space at one time, and ensuring enough space between tables, including to allow for movement. Access to indoor facilities will be limited to patio/outdoor dining area access, food pickup, payment, washrooms or other health and safety purposes.
In May, Hamilton City Council approved a motion to create or extend temporary outdoor patios until the fall of 2020 to support Hamilton’s culinary scene. This will allow restaurants additional seating capacity outdoors in order to reopen under the new restrictions.
For more updates and information, please visit hamilton.ca/coronavirus.
Please keep safe, be well and protect yourselves.
Councillor Judi Partridge