COVID19 Update

What you'll find on this page:

  • Downtown Businesses Updates - How Downtown Businesses are Adapting 
  • Businesses Open for Takeout and/or Delivery
  • Businesses Offering Online Shopping
  • Businesses Offering Health and Fitness 
  • Businesses Open with Reduced Hours or for Specific Needs
  • Businesses with Online Shopping or E-Gift Cards to Purchase 
  • Businesses Closed Until Further Notice
  • How to Support Local During COVID 19
  • Prime Minister Announces Adjustments to the Emergency Wage Subsidy
  • Friends Feeding Friends Program
  • Canada Ontario Updates
  • Kingston Transit Update
  • COVID19 Updates and Resources
  • YGK Restaurant Workers Relief Fund
  • Tips to Staying at Home
  • What Businesses Can Do at this Time
  • Kingston Police Security Tips for Businesses Closed
  • Swag & Tag Contest 
  • #KingstonTogether Posters
  • Attached Files

For the most up-to-date local information, visit KFL&A Public Health website  

Downtown Business Updates - How Downtown Businesses are Adapting

  • New survey is now available to try to estimate the impacts COVID-19 has had on the Kingston business community.  Please take a few minutes to complete this survey by clicking here.  If you would like to comment as well under the "other" section about the experience you've had accessing governement programs, funding, managing cash flows, negotiating commercial rents, etc., it would be greatly appreciated.
  • Kingston is being looked at as a success story in helping to control the spread of COVID-19.  Read the story in the Globe & Mail here
  • We have created a Facebook group as a hub for the businesses within the Downtown Kingston! BIA, once you land on the page, simply enter your business name, and we will get you authorized as long as you are a member of the BIA
  • DK! Office Initial Letter re: Temporary Closure

If you are a downtown business that has made changes to your business operations as a result of Covid19, please email us at and tell us what you are doing.  We will work at sharing that information via social media, video, and will update this page with your information.

  • Many local businesses have increased the frequency and intensity in which they clean and disinfect their surfaces and supplies
  • Many local cafes have paused their "reusable cup/mug" programs
  • Many previously open food items are being wrapped or packaged
  • Major sports activities have been cancelled
  • Many group activities, events, or outings have been cancelled or rescheduled
  • Many shops are encouraging online sales rather than in person shopping

Food & Drink Open for Take Out / Delivery Only

Offering Online Shopping

Health and Fitness 


Reduced Hours / Open for Specfic Needs

Support Downtown Shops by Shopping Online (Gift Cards too!)

Do you have a downtown business with online shopping (or e-gift cards) available that wasn't listed above? Email and we will be sure to update with your information.

Closed Until Further Notice

  • Amber Room
  • Antique Ally
  • Asian Market
  • Bagot Leather Goods
  • Barcadia 
  • BLUMartini Bar and Grill
  • Bridal Creations
  • Chez Piggy
  • Chris James
  • Classic Video
  • Common Market
  • Cornerstone Canadian Art & Craft 
  • Country 935
  • Crave Coffee House & Bakery 
  • Drake Tides Tattoos
  • Fab Hair
  • Fiancee Jewellers
  • Frontenac Jewellers
  • Golden Rooster
  • Gracie's Clothing
  • Hair of the Dog Baber and Pub
  • H'art Centre
  • Health in Focus 
  • Ink Well Tattoos and Piercings
  • James Brett 
  • Jimmy Hair Studio
  • Kingston Pregnancy Care Centre (for support text/call 343.363.8966)
  • Kingston Transit Administration Office
  • Kiss 1027 (office closed, working at restricted capacity)
  • KRock 1057 (office closed, working at restricted capacity)
  • K-TOWN Physiotherapy
  • K.Work
  • Lasik MD
  • Lovebird Bridal
  • Luce Hair Studio 
  • Megalos
  • Mekong Restaurant
  • Mermaid Avenue Sandwich Factory
  • Metalworks Contemporary Goldsmithing (will be answering phone / emails as much as possible)
  • Milestones
  • Modern Primitive
  • Musiikki Cafe
  • Open Studios Kingston
  • Pan Chancho Cafe
  • Peter's Place
  • Pita Pit
  • RCHA
  • Remixta
  • Sabaya Spa
  • Sally’s
  • Sanctuary Coworking (all tours, meetings, events will be postponed)
  • Sepps Ski Shop
  • Sipps Cafe
  • Silver Wok Restaurant
  • Smoker's Haven
  • Sustainable Kingston
  • Thai House Kingston
  • The Alibi
  • The City of Kingston will close all recreational facilities / bookings at the following locations until further notice:
  • - Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, 382 Bagot St
  • - Cataraqui Community Centre, 1030 Sunnyside Rd
  • - Centre 70, 100 Days Rd
  • - INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd
  • - Memorial Centre, 303 York St
  • - Rideau Heights Community Centre, 85 MacCauley St
  • The Everly
  • The Grand Theatre 
  • The Haunted Walk 
  • The Iron Duke
  • The Loft Hair Studio
  • The Screening Room
  • The Toucan and Kirkpatrick’s
  • Tir Nan Og Irish Pub
  • Trinity
  • True North Tattoo
  • VentureClub (closed to public)
  • Visitor Information Centre 
  • Waterfront Gifts and Apparel

If you are unsure if a business is open please check their soical media, email, or call.

How to Support Local During COVID19

  • Purchase food supplies from local shops and farmers when possible (local bakeries, shops, butchers, etc.)
  • Purchase coffee beans and teas from local cafes
  • Purchase meals to go or takeout and delivery from locally owned businesses
  • Purchase merchandise from local shops or businesses online
  • Purchase gift cards to use at a later date
  • Like/Follow local businesses, makers, etc. on social media, leave them a positive review and share their posts to help promote them
  • IF you have to go out, choose local wherever possible


Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program Information

A welcomed start, the initial details can be found in the provincial news release found here

Initial reaction from the Retail Council of Canada is here


Prime Minister Announces Adjustments to the Emergency Wage Subsidy

Useful New Information in the Draft Bill on the 75% Wage Subsidy

  • The Draft Bill (which is not yet public but which RCC has reviewed) now properly defines the baseline employee compensation on which the 75% subsidy will be calculated, subject of course to the weekly cap of $847 per employee.  It is the average weekly remuneration paid to the employee between January 1, 2020 and March 15, 2020.
  • The Draft Bill makes it clear that the wage subsidy (and other government subsidies) will not be included in the calculation of revenues for the determination of eligibility.
  • The most important development is that eligibility for the initial subsidy for wages between March 15 and April 11 will require only a 15% drop in revenue in the Month of March, recognizing that things only became very challenging in mid-March.  April and May eligibility will be based on a 30% revenue drop.
  • The Draft Bill makes it clear that the qualifying business will have to access the program at the enterprise level, i.e., corporate level and that the program also covers the self-employed, along with partnerships, charities and not-for-profits.
  • Applicants would choose between two different methods of determining eligibility, either: (A) a straight year-over-year revenue comparison with the same month in 2019; or (B) take an average (weighted by days of business operation) of January 2020 and February 2020 revenues.  This will help start-ups and those companies that had an unusual comparator month in 2019.  If you opt to use the second method and take the average of January and February 2020’s revenues, you have to do so for all three months: March, April and May.
  • Companies may choose to use cash accounting or accrual, recognizing that a lot of accounts receivable may not be paid for a while or at all.  More details to come!


Friends Feeding Friends Program

  • The Davies Charitable Foundation in partnership with the Partners in Mission Foodbank, No Frills Supermarkets, and a community of Kingston philanthropists, is pleased to announce Kingston’s Friends Feeding Friends, which will provide over $500,000 worth of groceries to Kingstonians who have lost their income and are in financial distress due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Employers apply on behalf of their employees who have been laid off, who are in isolation without pay, who have lost income because they are ill with COVID-19 or are caring for someone who is, and those who have lost paid work to care for children amidst school and day care closures. Employees will receive a unique one-time link from their employer to receive their $100 No Frills gift card.
  • The hope is that employers will choose those within their business that are the hardest hit; not all workforce. There is no minimum or maximum amount of employees that you can enter into the system, but please use discretion.
  • Employers, please visit:
  • And, for those in the position to do so, please consider the option to donate funds to this program through the Partners in Mission Foodbank in order to keep it running for as long as possible.


Canada and Ontario Updates


Kingston Transit  / Parking Update


COVID19 Updates and Resources

YGK Restaurant Workers Relief Fund

  • Many industry workers are finding themselves unable to meet their financial obligations. In an effort to assist restaurant workers and their immediate families obtain essential needs, the YGK RWRF will be directly transferring financial relief
  • For additional information and how you can help see their GoFundMe page

Tips to Staying at Home

Social distancing is being heavily encouraged but that does not mean you have to be bored and alone during this time. See below ideas to occupy yourself while at home.

  • Watch television shows and movies (you can do this online with friends!)
  • Read books, magazines, comics, etc.
  • Do arts, crafts, be creative
  • Listen to music, podcasts, learn something new
  • Play video games, board games, online games
  • Stay in touch with friends via text, phone calls, letters, social media
  • Stay distant but go for a walk, a run, a bike ride, take photos along the way
  • Workout or do yoga at home

But remember to stay healthy, wash your hands and your home frequently, take your vitamins, if you are unwell do not leave your home or go near vulnerable persons.


What Businesses Can Do At This Time

  • Encourage unwell employees to stay home
  • If you can work from home, do so
  • Distance the space between seats and tables at your establishment
  • Continuously clean and disinfect areas/ surfaces/ frequently touched supplies
  • If you temporarily close your business consider renovating, organizing, tidying, or changing up the space during this time
  • Work on future marketing plans, social media plans, promotions, and other plans so your business is prepared for reopen
  • Encourage online sales for shops or delivery/takeout options for food and drink establishments


Kingston Police Security Tips for Businesses Closed

Kingston Police offer the following tips for business owners shutting down for extended periods:

  • Remove all valuables from storefront displays
  • Remove all cash from tills and leave open with the cash trays out and visibly empty
  • Keep some lighting on inside the building to help with video surveillance quality and consider placing lights on timers if possible to simulate activity
  • Clean all windows and floors before leaving and note when you've done so (maintain a log) as this will help investigators should there be a break in
  • Post on doors/windows the premises are monitored by an alarm company and no money is kept on the premises. Include the (613) 549-4660 number to call Kingston Police should anyone notice a break-in or damage
  • Consider putting a protective film/laminate on all windows/glass to discourage and help prevent easy entry via "smash-and-grab"
  • Ensure all doors and windows are properly locked and secure
  • Ensure security alarm systems work properly and contact lists are current 
  • Consider a CCTV surveillance system which can both be monitored remotely by phone/online and record images to review for an investigation 
  • Ensure all exterior lighting is functioning and on. Consider motion sensor lights as another option to detect and deter unlawful activity 
  • Remove anything on the exterior which could be used to gain entry to your premises (bricks, ladders, poles, construction materials, etc.)
  • Regularly check the building and keep track of when you check (maintain a log), but go at different times so as not be predictable to criminals 

Note: Kingston Police remind property owners that like residential theft, if a business look neglected it can become a target. "if it looks cared for and looks like someone is home or around regularly, thieves will move on to other locations."

Swag & Tag Contest

Let’s help our local downtown shops. Every Tuesday and Friday you have a chance to win a $100 gift card to the downtown business of your choice.

To enter you must take a picture of your recent purchase from a downtown retailer - Tag Downtown Kingston and the business. Multiple purchases and multiple posts mean multiple entries. All weekly winners will be entered in our grand prize draw at the end of summer for $500.

Facebook: @downtownkingston
Instagram: @downtownkingston
Twitter: @downtownktown


#KingstonTogether Posters

In these difficult and unclear times, it is important that we work together and build each other up. We created these posters as a simple reminder that as a community, Kingston is stronger together.

Feel free to select and print those that resonate with you, your household and your business. We hope that these reminders can bring the YGK community strength and positivity.

Ready to print posters available below: