Kingston Police issued seven charges under the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA) during the month of November. According to Const. Ash Gutheinz of the Kingston Police, all the infractions took place at parties that appeared to be “well in excess of the allowable numbers under ROA upon arrival.”
The infractions were reported as follows:
- one on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, while assisting City Bylaw with a party on William Street
- one on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020 for a party on Earl Street
- three on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020 for a party on Earl Street
- two on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 for a party on University Avenue
These are provincial offences, which carry a set fine of $880.
Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health issued a statement on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, noting that multiple recent cases of COVID-19 in Kingston are linked to house parties, specifically events that took place on December 4 and 5 in the University District downtown.
Kingston Police said their December data for ROA offences is not yet available. Const. Gutheinz noted that City Bylaw officers have also been laying a number of fines related to ROA and that police have, at times, been on scene to assist them if required.