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Hamilton closing city facilities, cancelling programs during upcoming lockdown

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Hamilton closing city facilities, cancelling programs during upcoming lockdown

With Hamilton moving into “Grey-Lockdown” on Monday as part of the province’s COVID-19 framework, the city has announced restrictions for its facilities and city-run programming.

These include the cancellation of all recreational programming and the closure of all municipal recreation centres except for those that provide childcare.

All municipal museums and the Gage Park greenhouses will be closed.

City Hall, Animal Services, the Provincial Offences Administration Office, and all municipal service centres will be closed to walk-ins. Appointments are required for in-person transactions, and active health screening will be required.

Residents can make appointments by calling 905-546-CITY (2489), or access certain online municipal services at the city’s website.

During the lockdown, marriage ceremonies are unavailable and marriage licenses will be available by appointment only.

The licensing service counter at 77 James St. N. (open Wednesdays only) is also closed to walk-ins and will require appointments.

For residents in all of the province’s lockdown regions, no indoor organized public events or social gatherings will be allowed except with members of the same household. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people, as long as physical distancing is maintained.

Food or drink establishments can only offer takeout, delivery, and drive-thru services, while retail stores can only offer curbside pick-up and delivery.

“Essential services” will remain open, but at 50 per cent capacity.

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