City Matters: Weekly COVID-19 Bulletin Jan 15 2021

City Matters: Weekly COVID-19 Bulletin

Jan. 15

The Ontario Government has declared a provincial state of emergency and implemented new health measures and regulations to enhance public health measures and fight the spread of COVID-19.

Provincial State of Emergency

New Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) orders direct individuals to remain at home and only leave when necessary, such as to obtain goods or services from businesses that are still allowed to be open.

Travelling for work is permitted if remote work is not possible and a letter from an employer is not required to support this. Individuals may also leave their residence for exercise, such as to take their dog for a walk. Amenities such as Springer Market Square Rink, parks and trails are available for residents to enjoy, but it is recommended to wear a mask if you’re unable to maintain 2m distancing from others while outside.

Under the EMCPA amendments, Kingston Police and Bylaw Enforcement officers are authorized to:
  • Issue tickets or fines for indoor gatherings involving individuals who do not live together or outdoor gatherings of more than five people who do not live together, or individuals refusing to wear a face mask or physically distance at least 2 metres in the premises of a business or organization
  • Disperse illegal gatherings when groups do not voluntarily disperse by issuing additional fines for obstruction
Kingston, Police Bylaw Enforcement, and Public Health will continue to respond to resident concerns. Please report potential COVID-19 violations to Kingston Police’s non-emergency number 613-549-4660.
  • There is currently no curfew, and police will not be randomly stopping residents or vehicles to check on compliance with the Provinces Stay-at-Home order
  • Kingston Police continue to respond to calls for service, conduct vehicle stops for traffic violations, and coordinate R.I.D.E. programs to combat impaired driving.
Helpful links For questions relating to healthcare measures in place, please contact KFL&A Public Health.

Read the complete news release.

Other news from the City

City changes process for posting legislated planning notices Springer Market Square
  • Under the Province’s new orders Springer Market Square Rink remains open for skating with one very important change - Masks are now mandatory on the ice. Capacity limits will be monitored and users must practice physical distancing. Staff will continue to work with KFL&A Public Health to monitor and implement best practices for heavily used facilities such as the Springer Market Square rink.
Warming Centres
  • Warm Up Here: The City and Kingston Frontenac Public Library are working together to provide Warm Up Here locations – places where you can get relief from the cold. Masking and physical distancing measures will be in place. Due to COVID-19 regulations, services usually offered at these locations may not be available. Find a location near you.

City Hall and the Payment Centre
City Hall and the Payment Centre, 216 Ontario St., are closed. Payments can be made through online banking, through your financial institution and using the drop boxes at City Hall or 1211 John Counter Blvd.
  • 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
  • Services relating to marriage licences or Commissioner of Oaths are available by appointment.*
  • Kingston Transit passes will not be available for purchase or renewal at City Hall, but can be purchased or renewed at other sales outlets that provide essential services. Passengers using monthly passes are advised to renew their monthly pass online. Appointments at City Hall for new monthly bus pass photo identification can be made on Tuesdays and Thursdays by calling 613-546-4291 ext. 1240 or by emailing  [email protected].
  • Payments for parking tickets or parking permit renewals can be made online.
1211 John Counter Blvd.

The City’s offices at 1211 John Counter Blvd. are closed to the public. However all planning, building, licensing and enforcement services will continue to be offered by staff electronically or by phone.

Kingston Area Recycling Centre
As of Jan. 14, 2021, the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC), 196 Lappan’s Lane, is now operating with these COVID-19 precautions:

​Trips to drop-off excess recycling and yard waste are, generally, not considered essential. Please avoid visiting KARC, if you are able, in compliance with the declared state of emergency.
  • Recycling Depot: operates on a reduced schedule Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be closed on Saturday. Up to five residents at a time are allowed to access the Recycling Depot at KARC to allow space for physical distancing. Expect delays accessing the site.
  • Leaf and Yard waste drop-off: continues to operate Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vehicles limits will apply.
  • Administration Office: closed to the public. Counter services at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre are being provided electronically.
  • Garbage bag tags: available for purchase online  and at various local retailers listed here.
  • Recycling collection boxes: residents may use a similarly sized plastic container with two handles (like a laundry basket or storage tote) for recycling collection during the lockdown to limit trips to KARC. Replacement Blue and Grey boxes will be available at KARC, outside the building, at a monitored pick-up location.
  • Green Bins: not available onsite during the KARC Administration Office closure. Residents requiring replacement Green Bins (i.e. new residents, or those who have received a sticker from collection staff indicating their bins are too damaged to collect) can call 613-546-4291 ext. 2708 to request a replacement. Green Bins will be delivered within 14 days of the initial request.

Downtown Kingston businesses are online and ready to serve you! Shop and dine locally and safely from the comfort of your home.

Downtown Delivers, curbside pickup, gift cards and more! Visit for more information.


Stay Informed. Stay Safe.

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