COVID19 Update

COVID19 Update - Last Updated March 27th 2020 - 9:45am

What you'll find on this page:

  • Downtown Businesses Updates - How Downtown Businesses are Adapting 
  • Businesses Open with Reduced Hours or for Specific Needs
  • Businesses Open for Takeout and/or Delivery
  • Businesses Closed Until a Specific Date
  • Businesses Closed Until Further Notice
  • Businesses with Online Shopping or E-Gift Cards to Purchase 
  • How to Support Local During COVID 19
  • 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
  • Attached Files

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

Downtown Business Updates - How Downtown Businesses are Adapting

  • 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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/downtownkingston/

If you are a downtown business that has made changes to your business operations as a result of Covid19, please email us at marilyn@downtownkingston.ca 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

Reduced Hours / Open for Specfic Needs

  • 1000 Islands Soap Co. (online sales only - with delivery options)
  • Amanda's House of Elegance (open by appointment only)
  • Art Noise (open for pick-up/phone orders only, Mon-Fri 11am-4pm)
  • Camera Kingston (in store shopping closed, someone in store Mon-Fri Noon-5pm, can ring buzzer, call 613.549.3747, or email sales@camerakingston.com, can book appointment for curb service or shop online)
  • Canada Computers (Mon-Sun 11-6)
  • Frameworks Kingston (appointment only, 613.546.1868/ info@kingstonframeworks.ca, pickup/delivery available)
  • Heart Mind Body (open by appointment only, 613.547.5450 or contact@heartmindbody.ca)
  • Infinite Wellness (will be providing free Pilates videos to clients)
  • Kingston Coffee House (8am-4pm daily, takeout / delivery)
  • Kingston Olive Oil Company (curbside pickup/delivery)
  • LCBO (Tues-Sunday, 11am-6pm)
  • Limestone Eyecare remains open for emergency eye care
  • Metro (8am-8pm daily, priority shopping first hour)
  • Novel Idea (Oscar in store Mon-Fri 10am-4pm to answer phone/email, books can be ordered at 613.546.9799, novid@kingston.net for pickup/delivery)
  • Quarry Medical Pharmacy (limited access, call ahead at 613.530.2666, prescriptions in 30 day quantities where appropriate)
  • Shoppers Drug Mart (first hour is for seniors and those with disabilities to shop)
  • Smith Army Surplus (11-5)
  • Smoker's Haven (Mar 20 10-6, Mar 21 10-2, then closed until at least Mar 31st)
  • Staples Downtown (12pm-5pm daily)
  • The Jungle (Sunday deliveries)
  • The Livewell Centre (open for those with musculoskeletal concerns, closed otherwise until April 1st)
  • Thrive Chiropractic (appointment only)
  • Wine Rack (open until 8pm)

Food & Drink Open for Take Out / Delivery Only

  • Ali Baba Kabab
  • Atomica (2pm-8pm, Wed-Sun)
  • A&W
  • Bubba's Pizzeria (11:30am-1:30am)
  • Bubba's Original
  • Cambodiana Restaurant
  • Card's Bakery (via email only at cookies@cardsbakery.ca, place orders by Wednesdays, pick up Fridays)
  • Casa Domenico (Wed-Sun, answering calls 12pm-8pm, pickup only from 2pm-8pm, 613.549.1812)
  • Chien Noir
  • Classics Tea Lounge
  • Copper Branch (11am-7pm)
  • Curry Original (4pm-8pm)
  • Dianne's Fish Shack and Smoke House
  • East Side Village Chinese and Thai
  • Fat Bastard Burrito
  • Freshii (reduced hours)
  • Gabriel Pizza (order and pay online)
  • GangNam Style (10:30am-9pm, Tues-Sun)
  • General Brock's Commissary (New Location at 55 Brock St)
  • Geneva Crepe Cafe Bistro
  • Harper's Burger Bar
  • Hwaki Asian Cuisine
  • Jack Astors (curbside delivery)
  • Kingston Coffee House (8am-4pm)
  • McDonalds (drive thru only)
  • Merchant Taphouse (Uber Eats)
  • Minos on Barrie St
  • Mucho Burrito
  • Olivea
  • Pizza Pizza (contactless delivery)
  • Public House
  • Quesada Burritos
  • Saigon Delights (Bagot St / Gardiners Rd open for takeout, Division St is closed until April 6th)
  • Score Pizza
  • Silver Wok Restaurant
  • Smokes Poutinerie (no cash)
  • Stone City Ales (online only, Tues-Sun, 3pm-7pm)
  • Subway
  • Ta-ke Sushi
  • Tango Nuevo (5pm-9pm, Fri-Sun)
  • Thai Express
  • Thai House Cuisine
  • The Brass Pub
  • The Grocery Basket - Ontario St Location Closed- Princess St Still Open
    (delivery call 613-417-3331)
  • The Kingston Brewing Company (take out and beer to go, call ahead at 613-542-4978)
  • The Soup Can
  • The Works
  • Union Kitchen + Cocktails (Uber Eats)
  • Woodenheads (Wed-Sun, answering calls 12pm-8pm, pickup only from 2-8, 613.549.1812)

Closed Until Specific Date

  • Agent99 / Whit - April 5th
  • Chic Hair and Esthetics - April 6th
  • Downtown Kingston! BIA - April 6th (available by email)
  • Envy Hair Studio - Closing March 20th - April 3rd
  • Health in Focus - April 5th
  • Ink Well Tattoos and Piercings - April 11
  • James Brett - April 6th
  • James Reid Furniture - April 4th
  • Kingston Frontenac Public  Library and all branches of KFPL - April 5th
  • Lovebird Bridal - April 8th
  • Luce Hair Studio - April 6th (please call on April 6th to rebook appointments)
  • Mekong Restaurant - April 1st
  • Racquet Science - March 31st
  • Roots Downtown - March 31st
  • Saigon Delights (Bagot St / Gardiners Rd open for takeout, Division St is closed until April 6th)
  • Smith Army Surplus - April 7
  • Smoker's Haven (closed until at least Mar 31st)
  • The City of Kingston will close all recreational facilities / bookings at the following locations - April 5th:
    - 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 Grand Theatre - All programming in the Regina Rosen Auditorium until April 5th
  • The Haunted Walk - Tours cancelled for next two months
  • The Livewell Centre (open for those with musculoskeletal concerns, closed otherwise until April 1st)
  • The Nooks - April 1st
  • The Screening Room - April 4th
  • Trailhead Kingston - April 1st
  • True North Tattoos - April 1st
  • Visitor Information Centre - April 6
  • Wine Rack - April 10

Closed Until Further Notice

  • Amanda's House of Elegance (open by appointment only)
  • Amber Room
  • Annex Spa
  • Antique Alley
  • Asian Market
  • Bagot Leather Goods
  • Balzac's Cafe
  • Barcadia
  • Becker's Shoes
  • BLUMartini Bar and Grill
  • Bridal Creations
  • Camera Kingston
  • Cher-Mere
  • Chez Piggy
  • Chris James
  • Classic Video (overdue fees waived during closure)
  • Common Market
  • Cooke's Fine Foods
  • Cornerstone Canadian Art & Craft (all events for March and April are cancelled)
  • Country 935 (office closed, working at restricted capacity)
  • Crave Coffee House & Bakery
  • Dark Tides Tattoos
  • David's Tea
  • Empire Life
  • End of the Thready (for pickups call 416.508.8706)
  • Fab Hair
  • Fancy That
  • Fiancee Jewellers
  • Fit4Less
  • Frontenac Jewellers
  • Golden Rooster
  • GoodLife Fitness
  • Gracie's Clothing
  • Hair of the Dog Baber and Pub
  • Happy Thoughts (Delivery)
  • H'art Centre
  • Heelboy
  • Hip Kids
  • House of Angelis
  • Improbable Escapes (will be hosting live learn to play videos as well as selling games with same day delivery)
  • Infinite Wellness (will be providing free Pilates videos to clients)
  • James Brett (call/email requests, pickup/drop off can be arranged)
  • 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
  • Marc F Raymond Opticians
  • Martello Alley
  • Martello on Brock
  • Megalos
  • Mermaid Avenue Sandwich Factory
  • Metalworks Contemporary Goldsmithing (will be answering phone / emails as much as possible)
  • Midori (Delivery or curb side pick up)  
  • Milestones
  • Mio Gelato
  • Miss Bao (Grand Opening Postponed)
  • Modern Primitive
  • ModoYoga (live Instagram classes, online yoga code: SWEATKIN)
  • Musiikki Cafe
  • Northside Espresso
  • Open Studios Kingston
  • Pan Chancho Cafe
  • Peter's Place
  • Pilot House
  • Pita Pit
  • RCHA
  • Red House
  • Remixta
  • Sabaya Spa
  • Sally's
  • Salti Yoga (offering free online classes for a month with code: ONLINEFREE)
  • Sanctuary Coworking (all tours, meetings, events will be postponed)
  • Send in the Clowns
  • Sepps Ski Shop
  • Sherlock's Escapes
  • Shumaker
  • Sipps Cafe
  • Something Else Records
  • Stirling Jewellery
  • Studio22
  • Studio330
  • Sustainable Kingston
  • Symphony Spa and Yoga
  • Tango Nuevo
  • Thai House Kingston
  • The Alibi
  • The Everly
  • The Gap / The Gap Kids
  • The Grocery Basket - Ontario St Location Closed - Princess St Still Open
    (regular business and delivery call 613-417-3331)
  • The Iron Duke
  • The Jungle (Curb Side Pick Up Sunday 9am-12pm, Delivery 12pm-4pm)
  • The Loft Hair Studio
  • The Public House and The Loft
  • The Rocking Horse
  • The Roundstone
  • The Toucan and Kirkpatrick's
  • Tir Nan Og Irish Pub
  • Trinity
  • UNDR for Men
  • VentureClub (closed to public)
  • Verde Alternatives (store items can be delivered locally, email sarahquantick@hotmail.com, lauriedq@verdealternatives.ca, or call 613.386.1230 or 613.985.6251)
  • Waterfront Gifts and Apparel

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

 

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 marilyn@downtownkingston.ca and we will be sure to update with your information.

 

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

Canada and Ontario Updates

 

Kingston Transit  / Parking Update

 

COVID19 Updates and Resources

YGK Restaurant Workers Relief Fund

www.gofundme.com/f/ygk-restaurant-workers-relief-fund
www.facebook.com/groups/ygktogether/?ref=discover_related_groups

  • 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."