What is open and closed in Kingston on Canada Day

We hope that everyone enjoys a safe Canada Day holiday. Please remember to adhere to Public Health guidelines of physical distancing, hand hygiene, wearing a mask in public indoor spaces, and keeping your group gatherings to ten people or less. Here’s our list of what’s open and closed in the nation’s first capital on Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2020.

COVID-19 Assessment Centre

A temporary drive-up testing centre will be open at St. Lawrence College, 100 Portsmouth Ave, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The priority population for this temporary Assessment Centre are direct clients of salons that have had positive cases, close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases, and anyone with symptoms of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Assessment Centre at the Leon’s Centre, 1 The Tragically Hip Way, is closed. It will reopen on Thursday, Jul. 2, at 9 a.m.

City of Kingston offices and services

All City administrative offices (including Housing & Social Services and Provincial Offences on Montreal Street): Closed due to COVID-19 Pandemic.

Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro: Closed Wednesday, Jul. 1. In the event of a utility emergency, such as a gas smell, power outage, or a water main break, call Utilities Kingston/Kingston Hydro’s 24-hour number at 613-546-1181. (Hydro One electricity customers in City west and east can call 1-800-434-1235. Union Gas customers can call 1-877-969-0999).

Garbage, green bin and recycling: No collection on Wednesday, Jul. 1, and the Kingston Area Recycling Centre is closed for the day as well. For the rest of the week, collection moves to the day after your normal pick-up day. Sign up to receive reminders of what to put out for collection and when.

Kingston Transit: Buses will continue to run on Kingston Transit’s reduced COVID-19 pandemic schedule.

Kingston Access Services: Operates with limited service Wednesday, Jul. 1. Call 613-542-2512.

Arenas, Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, INVISTA Centre (including Fitness & Wellness Centre), Rideau Heights Community Centre & Library: Remain closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Outdoor Aqua Park: Closed, opens with restrictions on Monday, Jul. 6.

Splash pads: Open.

Libraries: All branches of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library are closed on Wednesday, Jul 1.

Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and Confederation Basin Marinas: Open to seasonal boaters.

PumpHouse Museum and MacLachlan Woodworking Museum: Closed. The PumpHouse Museum will reopen Thursday, Jul. 2.

Grand Theatre Box Office: Remains closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Tett Centre: Closed Jul. 1. The Juniper Cafe will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (patio only.)

Retail, banks, and other businesses

Many shops, grocery stores, and other local businesses will be closed or have reduced hours on Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2020. Call ahead to find out whether your favourite stores or restaurants are open. Here is what we know for certain regarding closures:

The Cataraqui Centre will be closed.
Walmart will be open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Costco will be closed.
Staples will be closed.
Both Loblaws locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The No Frills Division Street location will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the Coverdale Drive location will be closed.
The Metro Barrie Street, Gardiners Road, and Bayridge Drive locations will be open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Food Basics locations at 1225 Princess Street, at the Frontenac Mall and on Hwy 15 will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Barrack St. location will be closed.
Farm Boy will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
FreshCo will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
All Beer Store and LCBO locations will be closed.
Many Shoppers Drug Mart locations will be open but with varying hours.
Banks and post offices
A majority of banks and post offices will be closed Wednesday, Jul. 1. Call your branch ahead of time to find out.


As always, Kingstonist is open. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the goings-on in the city, as they happen. We will also be happy to hear from you if there is something you think we should know about. Please reach out to us on Twitter, Facebook or via our contact page any time.

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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