City’s Indoor Recreation Facilities to Close During Provincial Shutdown

Published on: 2021/04/02 - in Releases

The City of Kingston posted the following information regarding local indoor recreation facilities that may be affected by the Ontario Government’s provincewide shutdown to restrict the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The shutdown is in effect 12:01am April 3 and will last for at least four weeks.

Most municipal services remain unchanged

Due to their essential nature, most municipal services will continue to be provided during the province-mandated shutdown. This includes waste collection, in-person transactions at City Hall and Bylaw Enforcement. Kingston Transit will continue to operate at a reduced service level. Schedules can be reviewed at

Residents are encouraged to access services online or by phone. Anyone who does not wish to access services in person and requires services that can’t be processed on-line, may call Customer Service 613-546-0000 or email .

Recreation facilities and programs suspended until further notice

All indoor recreation facilities and programs will be closed effective April 2 and will remain closed during the provincial shutdown. This includes:

  • Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, 382 Bagot St.,
  • Cataraqui Community Centre, 1030 Sunnyside Rd.,
  • INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd., CaraCo Field remains open
  • Rideau Heights Community Centre and Library, 85 MacCauley St. Kingston Frontenac Public Library will offer curbside pickup starting Saturday, April 3.

Program and facility bookings will be refunded. April’s monthly payments for fitness memberships are suspended. 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. One month will be automatically added to the accounts of clients who pre-paid for their annual fitness memberships. Further information will be sent directly to user groups regarding specific facility bookings.

COVID-19 Vaccine clinic at the INVISTA Centre remains open

The COVID-19 Vaccine clinic at the INVISTA Centre remains open for booked appointments. Residents are reminded to park at the south end of the INVISTA Centre and access the clinic through the south entrance. KFL&A Public Health asks residents to not arrive more than 10 minutes before their appointments and to wait in their vehicles or outside (maintain 2 metres of physical distance from others). For more information about booking an appointment visit the KFL&A Public Health website.

Indoor social gatherings prohibited, outdoor gathering sizes limited to 5 or fewer

Effective April 3 at 12:01 a.m., outdoor gatherings of more than five individuals who do not live together are prohibited. Indoor gatherings of individuals who do not live together are prohibited. The social gathering limit does not apply to members of the same household (which may include a caregiver or single individual who has exclusive contact with the household).

While the Section 22 Order issued by KFL&A Public Health on March 1, 2021 and amended on March 22 are still in-effect, indoor gatherings of individuals who do not live together are now prohibited.

Grand Theatre

The Kingston Grand Theatre, the Baby Grand and the Regina Rosen Auditorium are closed. The Box Office is available for contact through phone inquiries Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Patrons may call 613-530-2050 or e-mail


  • The PumpHouse Museum is temporarily closed and will remain closed until further notice in accordance with the Provincewide Shutdown.
  • The Market Wing Cultural Space and Heritage Resource Centre located within City Hall are closed and in-person service is not available.

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 and playgrounds remain open. 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.
* Garbage bag tags may be ordered online, or found at some local retailers.

* The Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) will operate with reduced hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Saturdays).
* The Household Hazardous Waste Depot will operate on Thursdays (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) only and will not operate on Saturdays, effective April 3.
* The Leaf and Yard waste drop-off will continue to operate Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* The administrative office at KARC will be closed and its counter services will be provided electronically.
* Replacement Blue and Grey Boxes and Green Bins will not be available at KARC during the shutdown.

Release: City of Kingston
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