Effective today, Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022, the City of Kingston will no longer ask residents for proof of vaccination at all municipally operated recreation and cultural facilities. The update follows changes by the Province of Ontario which no longer requires businesses and organizations to check proof of vaccination to enter settings.
According to a release from the city, mandatory masking requirements remain in accordance with the provincial public health measures, and passive screening for COVID-19 symptoms is also required.
Reservations for drop-in recreation activities remain in place, the city said. By making a reservation, recreation patrons can browse and register for their favourite programs from home – and secure a spot at their preferred time. According to the release, preregistration for all registered and drop-in programs is available seven days a week at CityofKingston.ca/PLAY
The Grand Theatre is returning to full capacity on March 1 as well. Mandatory masking requirements and passive screening will remain in place in accordance with public health requirements and provincial guidelines. According to the city, this is a welcome change after close to two years of the venue being closed intermittently depending on direction from the province and KFL&A Public Health.
“We know people are feeling a mix of emotions in this moment, but we are excited to bring the Kingston community together once again to enjoy the performing arts live and in person,” said Colin Wiginton, Director, Arts & Culture Services. “Staff are working hard to ensure everyone’s comfort and safety and we look forward to welcoming people back to enjoy Theatre Kingston’s production of Mercy starting March 10, the return of Grand OnStage on March 18 or any number of other shows being hosted by Kingston Grand in the weeks and months ahead.”
Information about how these changes impact Kingston Grand Theatre can also be found online at www.kingstongrand.ca/visit/covid-19.