During the pandemic, time has stood still and raced by without notice, all at the same time. It’s hard to believe that Labour Day weekend is upon us, and yet, here we are: students are returning to school, the days are getting shorter, and the summer is truly almost coming to an end.
Traditionally, Labour Day has been observed in Canada since the 1880s, and was officially declared a national holiday by Prime Minister John Thompson in 1894. Celebrated by unionized and non-unionized workers alike, the day often includes parades, picnics, and family outings. While the COVID-19 pandemic means no large gatherings, that doesn’t mean we can’t all observe Labour Day in our own ways. The city is bustling with new and returning post-secondary students, and Kingston and District Labour Council has organized a Labour Day 2020 Caravan, and will be collecting donations for St. Vincent de Paul. And there’s still enough sunshine to enjoy some time outdoors – just keep in mind the new City of Kingston emergency order to enforce physical distancing at City-owned parks (and a curfew at Breakwater Park).
Whatever you do this long weekend, stay safe, have fun, and don’t forget to wear a mask when physical distancing isn’t possible! To help your long weekend run smoothly, here’s our list of what will be open and closed on Labour Day, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020.
City of Kingston offices, facilities, and services
Administrative offices, including Housing and Social Services on Montreal Street and Provincial Offences are already closed Monday, Sept. 7.
Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro are closed Monday, Sept. 7. In the event of a utility emergency, such as a gas smell, power outage or a water main break, call the Utilities Kingston 24-hour number at 613-546-1181. Hydro One electricity customers in the city’s west and east ends should call 1-800-434-1235. Union Gas customers can call 1-877-969-0999. Residents are reminded that that consumers on time-of-use electricity pricing will be billed at a fixed price, which the government refers to as the COVID-19 Recovery Rate, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until Oct. 31
All branches of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library are already closed Monday, Sept. 7.
Arenas, INVISTA Centre/Fitness & Wellness Centre, and CaraCo Home Field will be closed Monday, Sept. 7.
Artillery Park Aquatic Centre will be open only as the Integrated Care Hub.
Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning is closed Monday, Sept. 7, but the Juniper Café will be open (please use patio entrance).
Grand Theatre Box Office is already closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Outdoor Aqua Park and splash pads are both Open Monday. Sept. 7, which will be the last day of the summer schedule at Outdoor Aqua Park (see the September schedule at www.CityofKingston.ca/WaterPark). Splash pads remain open until Sept. 22.
Confederation Basin and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour marinas: The Confederation Basin Marina office is open Monday. The fueling stations are also open at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, but the office will be closed Monday.
PumpHouse and MacLachlan Woodworking Museums are both closed Monday, Sept. 7.
Kingston Transit buses will on the Sunday schedule on Monday, Sept. 7. Schedules available online at KingstonTransit.ca/Schedules.
Kingston Access Services: Operates with limited service Monday. Call 613-542-2512 for information.
Green bin, garbage and recycling: There is no collection on Monday, Sept. 7. 2020. Collection occurs the day after your regular collection day. Please note that residents can put out two untagged bags or containers of garbage for the first collection day after Labour Day. The Kingston Area Recycling Centre will be closed Monday, Sept. 7.
Shopping and Grocery Stores
The Cataraqui Centre will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7.
Walmart will open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7.
Costco will be closed Monday, Sept. 7.
The Frontenac Mall will be open Monday, Sept. 7.
Both Staples locations will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7.
Both Loblaws locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7.
The Division Street No Frills location will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the Coverdale Drive location will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7.
All Metro locations will be open on Monday, Sept. 7 for regular hours.
All Food Basics locations will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7.
Farm Boy will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7.
Freshco will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7.
Foodland in Amherstview will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7.
Valu-mart will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept.7.
All LCBO locations will be closed Monday, Sept. 7.
All Beer Store locations will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, except the 500 Princess Street, 290 Concession Street, and 1090 Midland Avenue locations, which are open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m..
All Shoppers Drug Mart locations will be open Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. Individual store hours may vary otherwise. Click here to search store hours in Kingston.
Many downtown Kingston stores will be open, with some restaurants offering take-out and delivery services. Call ahead to find out what your favourite stores restaurants are doing.
Banks and post offices
A majority of banks and post offices will be Monday, Sept. 7. Call your branch ahead of time to find out.
As always, Kingstonist will be 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.