April 16, 2021
Stay home, stay safe, be kind, and support local.
Today, the Ontario Government declared an extension of the State of Emergency and the Provincial Stay-at-Home order for an additional two weeks, and for a total of six weeks, effective as of Saturday, April 17 at 12:01 a.m.
Specifically, the Province of Ontario is implementing the following restrictions, some of which are effective as of Saturday, April 17 at 12:01 a.m. while others will be effective as of Monday, April 19 at 12:01 a.m.
- Extending the stay-at-home order by two weeks.
- Restricting the use of some recreational amenities (e.g. golf courses, basketball courts, soccer fields, and playgrounds with limited exceptions).
- Prohibiting all indoor and outdoor gatherings for members outside of the same household, except for persons living alone that may be able to join another household.
- Shutting down non-essential construction, warehouses and manufacturing.
- Tightening capacity of indoor events like places of worship, weddings and funerals.
- Limiting travel between provinces and seeking further international border restrictions.
- Increasing fines and increasing police enforcement powers.
Review the list below to see how popular City facilities and services are affected and choose online and phone options to connect with the City. The City will be working on implementing changes, which will start on Monday, April 19.
Stay safe, be kind, and support local while the stay-at-home order is in place.
Some outdoor recreation amenities remain open but restricted
Some outdoor recreation amenities including public trails and parks remain open for safe enjoyment and exercise, but are restricted to members of the same household only. Any person who enters or uses an outdoor recreation amenity must maintain a 2-metre physical distance from others (excluding members of the same household). More information will be provided to the public as it becomes available, and as implementation begins on Monday.
Garbage and recycling service changes
- Garbage and recycling collection and bag limits remain unchanged.
- Garbage bag tags may be ordered online or found at some local retailers.
- The Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) will operate with reduced hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Saturdays).
- The Household Hazardous Waste Depot is closed. Service will resume after shutdown.
- The Leaf and Yard waste drop-off will continue to operate Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- The administrative office at KARC will be closed and its counter services will be provided electronically.
- Replacement Blue and Grey Boxes and Green Bins will not be available during the shutdown.
- Giveaway Day on April 17 is cancelled.
Renew Kingston Transit passes online
- Passengers using monthly passes may renew them online at CityofKingston.ca/Pay.
- Kingston Transit passes will not be available for purchase or renewal at City Hall, but are available at other sales outlets that provide essential services (see list of retailers at CityofKingston.ca/residents/transit/fares).
- Appointments at City Hall for new monthly bus pass photo identification may be made on Tuesdays and Thursdays by calling 613-546-4291 ext. 1240 or by emailing [email protected].
- Kingston Transit continues to operate at a reduced service level. Review the transit schedules online.
Pay parking tickets online
Payments for parking tickets or parking permit renewals can be made online at CityofKingston.ca/pay.
City Hall and 1211 John Counter Blvd. remain closed to public
- City Hall and the Payment Centre, 216 Ontario St., will remain closed. Payments can be made through online banking, through your financial institution and using the drop boxes at City Hall or 1211 John Counter Boulevard.
- For taxation or other payments by mail, send a cheque to: City of Kingston – Taxation PO Box 640, Kingston, ON, K7L 4X1. For utility payments by mail, send a cheque to: Utilities Kingston – PO Box 790, Kingston, ON, K7L 4X7
- Marriage licences or Commissioner of Oaths are available by appointment by calling 613-546-4291 ext. 1270 or emailing [email protected].
- Planning, building, licensing and enforcement services will continue to be offered by staff electronically or by phone. Explore CityofKingston.ca for service-specific details or call Customer Experience at 613-546-0000.
COVID-19 Vaccine clinic at the INVISTA Centre remains open
The COVID-19 Vaccine clinic at the INVISTA Centre remains open for booked appointments. Residents are reminded to park at the south end of the INVISTA Centre and access the clinic through the south entrance. KFL&A Public Health asks residents to not arrive more than 10 minutes before their appointments and to wait in their vehicles or outside (maintain 2 metres of physical distance from others). For more information about booking an appointment visit the KFL&A Public Health website.
Find answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 on KFL&A Public Health’s site: www.kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/novel-coronavirus.aspx
Stay up-to-date with the City’s COVID-19 precautions at: www.cityofkingston.ca/Resident/COVID-19