City to close Breakwater Park beach area and Gord Downie Pier

March 22, 2021

Based on the recommendation of KFL&A Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, effective today the City of Kingston will close the beach area of Breakwater Park and Gord Downie Pier to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in the community.

“We have seen an increase in cases in the past couple of weeks, so we need to reinforce precautions and support the Section 22 Order, which limits gatherings to five people or fewer outside as well as inside,” says Mayor Bryan Paterson.

By amended emergency order, the City is prohibiting use of these areas and is looking to the public to comply with the closure. The remainder of Breakwater Park will still be accessible and subject to the physical distancing requirement under the emergency order issued on Sept. 4, 2020.

The City has been working closely with KFL&A Public Health to address COVID-19 risks in the community. Today’s closures follow concerns with the lack of adherence to physical distancing by large numbers of people who continue to gather in these areas and is another step in protecting the health of our community.

The City reminds residents that the emergency order issued on Sept. 4, 2020 by Mayor Bryan Paterson remains in effect, to ensure that physical distancing is being followed in all City parks.


Kingston Police and the City’s Bylaw Enforcement team are enforcing current regulations under the Province’s orders (see the Province’s announcement), the Section 22 Order issued by KFL&A Public Health and this new Breakwater Park/Gord Downie Pier closure order. Please call Kingston Police’s non-emergency number to report gatherings of concern at 613-549-4660.

The City previously closed the beach area of Breakwater Park and Gord Downie Pier on Sept. 5, 2020 as recommended by Public Health. These areas reopened earlier this year following the provincial shutdown.

On March 26, 2020, Mayor Paterson declared a state of emergency, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Under Bylaw 2020-068, the head of City Council may make orders that are believed necessary and essential under the circumstances to prevent or mitigate harm to individuals.