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Public Health revise and extend Class Order due to rising cases

KFL&A Public Health.

The Class Order pursuant to Section 22 of the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act, 1990 originally issued on March 13, 2021 to curb celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day has been extended until April 30, 2021

Earlier today, Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2021, Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health, has revised and extended the Class Order due to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases within the City of Kingston. According to a release from KFL&A Public Health, these revised restrictions will help to ensure protection in our community, keep our schools and economy safe and open, and prevent an impact on our emergency medical services and hospital resources within the City of Kingston.

The revised Class Order will take effect at 12 a.m. on Monday, Mar. 22 and continue through to 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 30, 2021. It is issued to all persons in or present in the City of Kingston, along with food establishments in the City of Kingston.

In accordance with this Order, no person shall:

  • Host or attend indoor or outdoor social gatherings with more than 5 persons. 

Also, all businesses that serve alcohol shall:

  • Require all patrons to be seated when served. Pick up and take out is exempt.
  • Require all patrons to seat only 5 persons to a table.
  • Collect contact information from persons seated.
  • Not allow dancing or karaoke and ensure volume of music is low enough to allow for normal conversation.
  • Ensure line up management follows the capacity limits, 2 metres physical distancing, and masking regulations.

“Cases are increasing at a concerning rate in the City of Kingston and it is clear we must take further action to protect our community,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health, KFL&A Public Health. “We are extending this class order and asking everyone to adhere to these social gathering limitations. We have come so far, and as we provide increasing immunity to our community through immunization, we must all be vigilant and keep our community safe. It is important to remember to stay home, stay local, stay safe, save lives.”

Any failure to comply with this Class Order can result in fines of up to $5000 for every day or part of a day on which the offence occurs or continues, according to the release.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, visit www.Kflaph.ca/Coronavirus or www.Ontario.ca/coronavirus.

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