The City of Kingston has announced the immediate closure of Breakwater Park beach area and adjoining Gord Downie Pier based on the recommendation of KFL&A Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore.
The areas had been previously closed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission on September 5, 2020 – likewise on the recommendation of Public Health – and reopened earlier this year following the provincial shutdown.
“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,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson.
The City is prohibiting use of these areas by an amended emergency order but the remainder of Breakwater Park will still be accessible while subject to the physical distancing requirement under the emergency order issued by Mayor Bryan Paterson on September 4, 2020.
Today’s closures are due to concerns with the lack of adherence to physical distancing by large numbers of people who continue to gather in these areas, according to the City.
Kingston Police and the City’s Bylaw Enforcement team are enforcing current regulations under the Province’s orders, the Section 22 Order issued by KFL&A Public Health, and this Breakwater Park & Gord Downie Pier closure order.
Kingston Police’s non-emergency number (613-549-4660) can be used to report gatherings of concern.
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