The Iron Duke has temporarily closed after being informed that a patron has potentially exposed an Iron Duke staff member to COVID-19. The pub was informed by KFL&A Public Health on Saturday, and while the pub has not been ordered to close, they have chosen to do so voluntarily until March 24th.
The pub says that they’ve decided to voluntarily close “in order to protect [their] staff and community.” Iron duke staff will get tested while the pub is temporarily closed. “We apologize to our beloved community and thank you for all of your support over the course of this pandemic,” said management at the Iron Duke on a Facebook post this morning.
The announcement comes on the same day that Dr. Kieran Moore released a statement warning that the COVID-19 rate is increasing significantly in the City of Kingston. The community is expected to enter Yellow-Protect Zone in the provinces framework on Monday, March 22nd.
“With 13 new cases already today, our local data indicates a rate over 30 cases per 100,000 confirming an upward surge of this virus and we are projecting much higher levels unless we take more action to curb its spread,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health.
The pub is located on 207 Wellington St, Kingston.