City Matters: COVID-19 Bulletin July 16

City services continue to reopen today under Step 3 of Provincial reopening plan

Today we moved into Step 3, the last step in the Province of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen. The focus of Step 3 is on adding indoor services and allowing more people to use them (with COVID-19 measures in place), including at recreation and cultural facilities.

Any person who enters a City facility or uses a recreation amenity should maintain a 2-metre physical distance from others (excluding members of the same household and/or family). Changes are outlined below.

Gatherings - as of today, up to 100 people are allowed to gather outdoors, including those not from your household, while up to 25 people will be allowed to gather indoors.

Cultural and recreational facilities
  • The PumpHouse Museum will reopen for small group tours of the “Refuge Canada” exhibition as of Tuesday, July 20. The museum is also offering one-hour outdoor walking tours of Ontario Street: Brewers, Bakers and Boilermakers. Please visit the Museum's website
     for further information and booking details.
  • Ice rinks at the INVISTA Centre begin reopening as of next Wednesday, July 21. The Desjardins Insurance Rink and CUPE 109 Rink both reopen on July 21, while the Selkirk Homes Rink will reopen on July 26.  
  • The Artillery Park Aquatic Centre will reopen on Monday, July 26. Online registrations for August swim lessons are open now. Please register for swim lessons online. 
  • The Fitness Centres at Artillery Park Aquatic Centre and the INVISTA Centre will open as of Monday, July 26. Public skating also resumes July 26, with registration details to be made available on the City’s website.
  • The Grand Theatre will re-open on a limited basis. The Regina Rosen Auditorium remains closed but the Baby Grand is available for community rentals and will host the Storefront Fringe from Aug. 2 to 15. For more information, please visit the Kingston Grand Theatre website.  
  • The Rideau Heights Community Centre will remain closed until the end of August, as the City is currently offering day camps at this facility. Library access remains the same.
Other City buildings
  • City Hall and the Payment Centre, at 216 Ontario St., as well as the City offices at 1211 John Counter Blvd., opened to the public on June 14.  The Heritage Resource Centre, Market Square Cultural Space and City Hall Tours remain closed and unavailable.
  • The Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) and Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 196 Lappan’s Lane have also returned to regular operating hours, as follows:
    • KARC Administration Office – open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • KARC Recycling Depot – open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Household Hazardous Waste Facility – open Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Get Fully Vaccinated As Soon As Possible!
KFL&A’s vaccination strategy will transition from large mass immunization clinics to focusing on smaller clinic venues, including pharmacy, mobile, and primary care clinics. This new stage will include closing many of the larger mass immunization clinic sites. Here is a list of the first phase of planned closures of vaccine clinics in our region:
  •  Vaccine clinic at Kingston Health Sciences Centre Burr Gym will close as of Aug. 1, 2021.
  • Vaccine clinics at INVISTA Centre and Strathcona Paper Centre will close as of Aug. 2, 2021.
  • Vaccine clinic at Kingston Community Health Centre will close as of Aug. 13, 2021.
KFL&A Public Health and Kingston Health Sciences Centre will notify all individuals who have scheduled vaccine appointments after these clinic closure dates and provide re-booking links and information for an earlier appointment date. There will still be plenty of clinic options in our area. To book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment by visiting KFL&A Public Health’s website (local booking system, not provincial booking system) or calling the booking centre at 343-477-0172. Do not delay getting fully vaccinated. 
For the most up to date information on COVID-19 vaccine clinics and COVID-19, visit 
the KFL&A website.
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