On Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2020, Kingston City Council met to discuss a number of items, but those items concerning the current COVID-19 pandemic dominated most of the discussion.
A new motion, brought forward by Councillor Robert Kiley and seconded by Deputy Mayor Jim Neill, sought to see Council request that the province to consider “local flexibility” to provincial orders when it reassesses the current emergency declaration on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. The entire text of the motion can be found here (Page 6).
While the wording of the motion remains open ended, Council did elect to add a paragraph stating that the City would work in partnership with Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health to ensure any changes made locally would comply with Public Health guidelines, and include messaging about physical-distancing. It should be noted that the motion specifically pointed to community gardens and local conservation areas as items Kingston would be able to open up, even if the province hadn’t done so. Since then, the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority has re-opened many of its conservation areas, and the provincial government has approved the opening of community gardens. The motion, which passed by a vote of 9-3, also made mention of the fact that the KFL&A region has a remarkably low number of COVID-19 cases when compared to the regions around it, and those across the province.
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