CFRC Storyline: New Emergency Orders from the City of Kingston

News Emergency Order targets COVID-19 risks in the community

September 18, 2020

Mayor Bryan Paterson has issued a new emergency order requiring physical distancing on sidewalks, streets and boulevards to discourage congregating and loitering in the downtown area. The order is restricting groups to be no larger than 10 people in these specific areas (see attached map).

Additionally, while the order of June 27, 2020 issued by Kingston’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, requires face coverings in commercial buildings, this new order requires individuals to wear face coverings while in any enclosed common area of a multi-unit residential building and building owners are required to place appropriate signage at all entrances to the building indicating this new measure.

This order is based on the recommendation of Dr. Kieran Moore and is in effect immediately pursuant to Bylaw Number 2020 068, a Bylaw for the Provision and Enforcement of Orders During a Declared Emergency.

“Based on recommendations from the Medical Officer of Health, and after consultation with Kingston Police, it’s clear that additional measures are needed to better address the risk of COVID-19 spread in the community,” says Mayor Paterson. “At a time when COVID-19 cases are on the rise across the country and the province, we need to do everything we can and utilize every tool we have available to ensure the safety of our community.”

Enclosed common areas in buildings

Under this new Order, the following requirements apply to individuals using enclosed common areas in multi-unit residential buildings:

  • Individuals must wear a face covering in all enclosed common areas
  • Building owners are responsible for ensuring that this order is adhered to

Exemptions apply to:

  • Children under 2, under 5 chronologically or developmentally, who refuse to wear face a face covering and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver
  • Individuals with an underlying medical condition which inhibits their ability to wear a face covering, who are unable to replace or remove a face covering without assistance, or who have exemptions under provincial or federal legislation
  • Employees of a building without public access or behind a physical barrier
  • Individuals where temporarily removing a face covering may be necessary for the purpose of receiving services, or while engaging in athletic activity

Individuals will not be required to provide proof of exemption upon entering a building.

Building owners are required to post the following notice in a conspicuous area at all entrances:

All persons entering or remaining in these premises shall wear a face covering which covers
the nose, mouth and chin as required.

For the purposes of this order, an “enclosed common area” refers to a space, room or facility available for common use within a multi-unit residential building, including but not limited to a lobby, elevator and meeting rooms.

Sidewalks, streets and boulevards

The following requirements apply to individuals on the sidewalks, streets or boulevard in downtown areas, as identified in the attached map:

  • Individuals in the designated area must refrain from congregating and loitering in groups of more than 10 people

Exemptions apply to:

  • Individuals who are members of the same household, same family or groups of 10 or less people who are physically distanced 2 metres from others
  • Situations where physical distancing cannot be maintained for health and safety reasons, or for the enforcement of this order
  • Incidental transitory passing of others


Officers have the right to enter buildings to conduct inspections to determine if the order is being applied to with regards to face coverings in enclosed common areas of buildings.

Failure to abide by an emergency order is enforceable by at $2000 fine under the City’s Administrative Monetary Penalties process.