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YMCA updates staff, protocols before reopening

The YMCA of Eastern Ontario is re-opening their facilities for members on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. “Our first priority has always been on the safety of everyone in our facilities and this re-opening phase will stay true to this approach” said Rob Adams, CEO, YMCA of Eastern Ontario. “Opening on

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H’art Centre opting for phased-in approach to reopening

Like many services, businesses, and charities, H’art Centre in downtown Kingston has faced a number of challenges and changes during the COVID-19 pandemic – and according to those with the organization, their staff met those challenges and changes head on. The not-for-profit community arts hub, which provides artists with disabilities

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KFPL now opening branches with limited capacity

Four branches of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) are now open for visitors. The Central, Calvin Park, Isabel Turner and Sydenham locations are open and operational, with varying hours. “We look forward to welcoming our patrons back into our spaces,” says Director, Branch Experience, Nicole Charles. “We appreciate our

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Local YMCA readies to reopen in September

Over the next month and a half, residents can expect to see a flurry of activity at 100 Wright Crescent, as staff at the local YMCA work to reopen the facility. The staff at the YMCA of Eastern Ontario are readying to open the facility on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020,

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City confirms playgrounds reopen Friday

The City of Kingston has confirmed that municipal playgrounds will start to reopen on Friday, Jul. 17, 2020.  “Some playgrounds may open before others, as crews work to remove the safety fencing and caution tape in place,” said Erin Couch, Communications Officer for the City of Kingston.  The City closed

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City reopening municipal beaches and public washrooms

The City of Kingston will officially open municipal beaches, waterfront swim access points, and some public washrooms on Friday, Jun. 26, 2020. The City is reminding residents to maintain physical distancing by staying two metres (six feet) from others on the beach, in the water, and in public washrooms. The

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‘Room for change’ noted at Love Kingston Marketplace opening

The City of Kingston hosted a press conference to herald the opening of the Love Kingston Marketplace, a joint effort between the City of Kingston, Tourism Kingston, Kingston, Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health and the Downtown Kingston BIA.  While some business owners have expressed concerns about the plan,

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Hall Monitor: Re-opening and re-location

Kingston City Council added a meeting to their calendar, sitting for meeting number 20-2020 (agenda) on Tuesday, Jun. 23, 2020 in its electronic format. Called a “special” meeting only because it falls outside of regular scheduling, council only received updates for the Stage 2 reopening plan and an update surrounding

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Live music not allowed on patios in KFL&A

After confusion – and upset from local musicians and local music fans – Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health has reiterated that live music is not allowed during Stage 2 of the Provincial Framework for Reopening. When it was initially announced that the KFL&A region, along with the

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Kingston Public Market readies to reopen by end of June

After a spring without it, one of Kingston’s most beloved and historic features is about to reopen, bringing flowers, fresh produce, and a variety of other offerings back to Springer Market Square. The Kingston Public Market – also known as the downtown farmers’ market – will return to Springer Market

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A guide to the reopening of patios in Kingston

We did it Kingston! We went rogue and now our patios are open. The weather is getting warmer, the hair cuts are getting shorter and the community is coming together once more. But with great freedom comes great responsibility. So here are some tips to follow if you want to

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City anticipates splash pads, Breakwater Park to reopen by Canada Day

The City of Kingston is aiming to have splash pads and Breakwater Park, among other municipal amenities, open in time for residents to enjoy by Canada Day. Although the City is currently awaiting the details of the provincial regulations that will help guide the reopening of municipal amenities as part

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