City closes Breakwater Park for an additional seven days to safeguard against spread of COVID-19

April 20, 2021

The City of Kingston is closing Breakwater Park for an additional seven days, until April 27 at 4 p.m., to prevent crowding following continued concern about case numbers in Kingston.

“I renewed the emergency order to close Breakwater Park for an additional seven days given ongoing concern about our COVID-19 case count locally,” says Mayor Bryan Paterson. “We know how important this area is to the community, especially at a time when getting outdoors is so important, and I expect we will be in a better position to open the park in another week. We’re exploring a number of options to ensure it can be done safely.”

The Mayor renewed the emergency order that will close the park for an additional seven-day period. Fencing will remain around the north, east, and west boundaries of Breakwater Park, which runs along King Street between Lower University Avenue and Beverley Street. City Bylaw Enforcement and Kingston Police will closely monitor other parks in proximity to the University District.

The Province’s Stay-at-Home order allows people to leave their homes to use public amenities that are permitted to remain open with members of their own household. This additional emergency order means people will not be permitted to use Breakwater Park for the next seven days. Anyone using Breakwater Park, even alone, is now subject to fines.

Enforcement under Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs)

Residents are reminded that those who fail to maintain physical distancing in any City park – and those who enter the closed area of Breakwater Park – can be issued a $2,060 Penalty Notice on the spot under the City’s AMPs for failure to comply with an emergency order. Any fines issued under the City’s AMPs can be paid and appealed directly through the City.

Have you witnessed a gathering of concern?  Please contact Kingston Police using this non-emergency number: 613-549-4660.