Kingston City Hall was closed to all staff and members of the public on the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023.
The City conveyed this to the public on social media just after 2 p.m. Shortly thereafter, the City of Kingston’s communications department issued a brief press release, which read in part, “City Hall, including the Market Wing Cultural Space, will be closed for the remainder of today, Nov. 28. We anticipate regular operations will resume tomorrow, Nov. 29. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
Kingstonist immediately inquired as to the reason for the sudden closure of the municipal building. Just before 4:30 p.m., the City of Kingston responded, indicating that the closure of the building had occurred “after an incident that raised concerns about safety and security.” The Communications Department relayed that, “out of an abundance of caution, City Hall will remain closed on Wednesday with a decision being made at that point about the following days.”
“The safety of our staff is of the highest importance and we decided to take this extra step,” said Kingston CAO Lanie Hurdle, “with the understanding that all other City buildings are open and we will continue to issue information about alternative services for the public.”
Immediately following the communication from the City to Kingstonist, the City of Kingston relayed this information to the public via social media.
According to those with the City of Kingston, all City staff at City Hall staff have been asked to work remotely or at other City sites.
Kingstonist has inquired as to what type of incident occurred and if there remains any threat to safety for those who were at City Hall, or those around it. Kingstonist has also inquired with Kingston Police as to whether they have responded to any incidents today at City Hall or are able to shed any light on what caused the closure of the building.
The City of Kingston stressed that Payment Centre services can be accessed online at https://www.cityofkingston.ca/pay, and that all other City of Kingaton facilities remain open as usual.
This is a developing story. Kingstonist will provide updated coverage as more information becomes available.