July 15, 2021
It’s happening! At 12:01 a.m. this Friday, we move one step closer to a fully reopen Kingston. The City is gearing up to provide more services, facilities and amenities as part of the move to 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. Please review the list below, refer to the City’s COVID-19 page, and sign up for the City’s COVID-19 bulletin for complete reopening details.
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). For additional details, please refer to the Province of Ontario’s News Release.
Effective this Friday, July 16, up to 100 people will be allowed to gather outdoors, including those not from your household, while up to 25 people will be allowed to gather indoors.
City Opens More 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 begin on July 15 at noon, for both the Artillery Park Aquatic Centre and the Outdoor Aqua Park. Memberships also resume at that time.
- 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 August 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.
- 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 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.
COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy for KFL&A Public Health
KFL&A’s COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy builds on Ontario’s three-phased vaccine distribution plan and relies on the detailed planning, coordination, and collaboration of multiple stakeholders and partners working together to roll out the largest immunization response in history.