A second pandemic Easter weekend is here. In KFL&A we are still under the Section 22 Class Order, prohibiting gatherings of over five people, indoors or out, but it doesn’t mean we can’t connect with loved ones over the telephone or online.
The City reminds us that visiting in person risks spreading COVID-19, and asks us to please limit close contact with those outside your household and continue to physically distance and use face coverings as required during the Easter long weekend.
That doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the holiday long weekend at home! Easter egg hunts with those in your household, traditional Easter and Passover family meals can be prepared and enjoyed together, and, most importantly, we can all celebrate our health and happiness at home while keeping ourselves, our neighbours, and the KFL&A community safe.
*This article was current at time of publishing. The fluid nature of the pandemic may create changes to the information below.*
City of Kingston offices, facilities and services
Administrative offices, including housing and social services on Montreal Street and Provincial Offences: Closed Friday and Monday.
Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro: Closed Friday through Monday. 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. Enbridge customers can call 1-877-969-0999.) Reminder for customers on time-of-use pricing: for electricity used on weekends and holidays like Family Day, prices are off-peak.
All branches of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library: Closed Friday, Sunday and Monday.
Arenas, Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, Rideau Heights Community Centre and INVISTA Centre/Fitness & Wellness Centre: Closed Friday and Monday.
Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning: Closed Friday and Monday, but open on Easter Sunday. The Juniper Café is closed Monday, but is otherwise open. Please use the patio doors to access the Café when the rest of the Tett Centre is closed. Find events and programs at www.tettcentre.org.
Grand Theatre Box Office is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find virtual events at www.kingstongrand.ca.
PumpHouse Museum: Closed to accommodate an exhibit change. Find virtual activities at https://www.kingstonpumphouse.ca/learn-explore.
MacLachlan Woodworking Museum: Closed.
City Hall Market Wing Cultural Space: Closed Easter weekend.
Kingston Transit: There is no bus service on Friday.
Kingston Access Services: No service on Friday, regular service Saturday and Sunday, limited service Monday. Call 613-542-2512 for information. KAS offices are closed on Friday and open regular hours on Saturday and Sunday, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday.
Green bin, garbage and recycling: There is no collection on Friday, April 2 or Monday, April 5. Friday’s material will be collected Saturday. Monday’s collection moves to Tuesday and collection moves forward a day for the rest of the week.
Kingston Area Recycling Centre: Closed Friday and Monday.
Shopping and Grocery Stores
The Cataraqui Centre will be closed on Friday, Apr. 2 and Sunday Apr 4.
Walmart will be closed on Friday, Apr. 2 and Sunday, Apr. 4.
Costco will be closed on Friday, Apr. 2 and Sunday, Apr. 4.
Both Staples locations will be closed Friday, Apr. 2 and Sunday, Apr. 4.
Both Loblaws locations will be closed Friday, Apr. 2 and Sunday, Apr. 4.
Both No Frills locations will be closed Friday, Apr. 2 and Sunday, Apr. 4.
All Metro locations will be closed Friday, Apr. 2 and Sunday, Apr. 4.
All Food Basics locations will be closed Friday, Apr. 2 and Sunday, Apr. 4.
Farm Boy will be closed Friday, Apr. 2 and Sunday, Apr. 4
FreshCo will be closed Friday, Apr. 2 and Sunday, Apr. 4.
Foodland in Amherstview will be open Friday, Apr. 2, but closed Sunday, Apr. 4.
Valu-mart will be closed Friday, Apr. 2 and Sunday, Apr. 4.
All LCBO locations will be closed Friday, Apr. 2 and Sunday, Apr. 4.
All Beer Store locations will be closed Friday, Apr. 2 and Sunday, Apr. 4.
All Shoppers Drug Mart locations will be open Friday, Apr. 2 and Sunday, Apr. 4. Individual store hours may vary. Click here to search store hours in Kingston.
Many downtown Kingston businesses do open on holidays, but all keep their own hours. Call ahead to find out whether your favourite stores or restaurants are open.
Banks and post offices
A majority of banks and post offices will be closed Friday, Sunday and Monday. Call your branch ahead of time to find out.
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