North Frontenac Township responds as short-term rentals resume

Tweet from Victor ‘Vic’ Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade, regarding short term rentals on Thursday, Jun. 4, 2020.

The provincial government is reopening short-term rentals including lodges, cabins, cottages, homes, condominiums and bed-and-breakfasts (B&Bs) as of today, Friday Jun. 5, 2020. Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli made the announcement in a tweet on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

The Township of North Frontenac, a popular destination for seasonal cottage owners and renters, issued the following statement in response:

“Our area continues to have a low transmission rate which is a testament to all involved in keeping the community safe. All residents both permanent and seasonal are practising physical distancing and staying on their properties as much as possible, to reduce the impact to our health care system, to protect the vulnerable and our front line health care workers – thank you very much for doing this.”

The Township advises owners to consult the province’s health and safety guidelines for the tourism and hospitality sector when considering when and how to re-open their doors to guests. 

“Ongoing virtual meetings and discussions continue between Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, KFL&A Mayors, our Community Control Group (CCG) and other Agencies about the Mayor’s Emergency Declaration in place. It has been decided to keep the Declaration in place and it will be reviewed on an ongoing basis by the CCG.”

Short-term rentals are defined as 28-days or less. Since the start of Ontario’s state of emergency on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 they have been restricted only to people in need of emergency housing.

Samantha Butler-Hassan, Local Journalism Initiative

Samantha Butler-Hassan is a staff writer and life-long Kingston resident. She is a news junkie and mom who loves reading and exploring the community. This article has been made possible with the support of the Local Journalism Initiative.

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