Indoor Municipal Recreation Facilities to Close During Provincial Shutdown

Published on: 2020/12/23 - in News

Following the Ontario government’s decision to enact a province wide shutdown to restrict the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Kingston released a statement to inform the local community how the shutdown will impact its services between Dec. 26 and Jan. 23.

Many new online services were implemented during the spring, providing alternative delivery methods and contactless transaction options. Anyone not wanting to access or obtain services in person that can’t be processed on-line can contact Customer Service at 613-546-0000 or by emailing

Recreation facilities and programs suspended until Jan. 23

All indoor recreation facilities and programs will be closed from Dec. 26, 2020 to Jan. 23, 2021. This includes:

  • Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, 382 Bagot St.,
  • Cataraqui Community Centre, 1030 Sunnyside Rd.,
  • INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.,
  • Rideau Heights Community Centre and Library, 85 MacCauley St.

Program and facility bookings will be refunded. Monthly payments for fitness memberships are suspended for the month of January. Clients who have a Fit Pass, Wellness Pass, Gym Pass or Pool Pass memberships do not need to contact the City – their PLAY accounts will be automatically adjusted. For clients who pre-paid for their annual fitness memberships, one month will be automatically added to their accounts. Further information will be communicated directly to user groups regarding their specific facility bookings.
EarlyON programming held at the INVISTA Centre will not be offered during this time. Participants are encouraged to contact their local EarlyON provider for updates.

Kingston Transit

Effective Monday, Dec. 28, Kingston Transit will adjust their service as follows:

  • Monday – Friday: Saturday service level, except Route 10 which remains on weekday service levels
  • Saturdays: Saturday service level
  • Sundays: Sunday service level
  • Route 18/18Q and all Queen’s University seasonal routes continue to be suspended

Grand Theatre

In-person performances and bookings at the Grand Theatre and Baby Grand are suspended from Dec. 26, 2020 to Jan. 23, 2021.


Pre-booked in-person tours of the Pumphouse Museum will be postponed until Jan. 23, 2021.

Planning, Building and Licensing services

  • The municipal building at 1211 John Counter Blvd. remains open. Planning and building services including inspections and planning approval processes remain unchanged.
  • Inspections within private residences are suspended, unless the inspection is related to an immediate health and safety concern.

City Hall

  • City Hall remains open for in-person transactions at the Payment Centre and Office of the City Clerk. Residents who visit City Hall will be required to wear a face covering and to practice physical distancing.

Parks, outdoor recreation amenities and trails

  • Outdoor recreation amenities including public trails, outdoor skating rinks and playgrounds remain open. Capacity limits at the Springer Market Square rink will be monitored.
  • Any person who enters or uses an outdoor amenity must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from other persons using the amenity (excluding members of the same household).

Garbage and recycling

  • Garbage and recycling collection and bag limits remain unchanged and the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) will remain open. Bag tags can be purchased online. Replacement green, blue and grey bins can be picked up at KARC.
  • Like in previous years, your household can put out two untagged bags or cans of garbage for your first collection day after New Year’s Day (the two-bag collection days are Jan. 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7).

Answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 can be found on KFL&A Public Health’s site and stay up-to-date with the City’s COVID-19 precautions.

Photo: Bryan Mills (cc)