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May 16, 2020 -

The City of Kingston is thoroughly reviewing this week’s good news from the province about reopening plans. While there is a lot of anticipation about the planned re-opening, staff are following a cautious approach to ensure the community’s hard work and commitment continues to pay off. Until then, all City closures and service restrictions remain in effect, and residents are being asked to continue to follow the guidelines from public health officials.

The City is gearing up for this next phase of provincial reopening, with continued focus on ensuring the health and safety of residents and making sure processes are in place. To that end, officials say staff are hard at work behind the scenes to prepare systems for reopening.

While the province has planned for some restrictions to be lifted on Tuesday, May 19, certain City services and facilities could take longer to open than others, but in the meantime, all services and restrictions remain unchanged. City officials say they appreciate everyone’s patience as details are worked out. As the City announced earlier this week, plans are underway to open city-run marinas to seasonal boaters later this month.

Staff will continue to work closely with Kingston Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health on the provincial orders allowing some re-openings and any decisions are informed by recommendations from our local Medical Officer of Health. 

Stay connected with the City

City staff will continue to provide additional information on affected services and facilities and are encouraging residents to sign up to receive regular updates through Facebook, Twitter and by subscribing to its email newsletter, City Matters.

“Residents can expect to receive a high volume of information in the coming weeks,” says JC Kenny, Director of Communications and Customer Experience for the City of Kingston. “Our priority is to ensure that information on affected City services and programs continues to be timely, reliable and accessible, and the best thing you can do at this point is stay connected.”

Provincial measures, closures and service restrictions relating to City services remain in effect

  • Park amenities, including benches, picnic tables, sports fields and playgrounds remain closed. Please respect the caution tape on these amenities. 
  • Under the Emergency Measures and Civil Protection Act, gatherings of more than five individuals continue to be prohibited. 
  • Municipal facilities remain closed to the public.
  • Kingston transit continues to operate on a reduced schedule. 

Stay safe and enjoy this long weekend 

Staff are reminding residents to keep up the good work and enjoy this long weekend while following essential healthcare directions. Hand washing, sanitizing for high-traffic surfaces and physical distancing continue to be central in the fight against COVID-19. 

Parks and trails are open to the public and residents are welcome to enjoy public spaces while practicing physical distancing. Residents can also look for new ways support business by shopping local, by visiting