Submitted by Kit Darling

As I write this, Hamilton has been given the green light to move to Stage 2 of re-opening after weeks of growing hair and growing tired of seeing the same old things on TV. Now, we can make an appointment to get a haircut, eat a meal or have a drink on a patio, go to the mall, tour and taste at a winery, brewery or distillery. Some outdoor pools and splash pads are helping to cut the heat but playground structures are still off limits. Some libraries will be able to provide pick-up service for items that you have on hold. Provincial parks will reopen for camping and we can go to the beach.

If all goes well and we still pay attention keeping a safe distance, wearing masks if we cannot maintain that distance and washing our hands often and well, we may be in Stage 3 by the time The Breezes goes to print.

In Stage 3, the Ontario government will look at opening

  • remaining workplaces and services while emphasizing working remotely where possible
  • dining in for restaurants
  • more personal and personal care services
  • all indoor and outdoor recreation facilities including playgrounds
  • performing arts and movie theatres with reduced capacity
  • casinos, charitable gaming halls, horse racing
  • gyms, indoor sports facilities and fitness facilities
  • amusement parks and waterparks
  • training for indoor and contact sports

All of the above will still have some restrictions and public health measures in place. For information see:

Here is the contact info for government updates and for a few of our neighbourhood facilities. (Call or email to confirm whether they are open or not.)

Canadian Government

Ontario Government

City of Hamilton

And in our ‘hood:

Waterfront Food and Events: (905) 523-4498

Grandad’s Donuts: (289) 700-0905

Fisher’s Pier 4 Pub: (905)526-9622

Our Corner Bar & Grill (905)523-0584

Harbour Diner (905)523-7373

Hutch’s Harbour Front (905)546-5508

Collective Arts Brewing (289)426-2374