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Breakwater Park closes amid outbreak in University District

The City of Kingston has announced that they are closing Breakwater Park effective immediately, following the declaration of an outbreak in the University District. The emergency order is expected to be in effect for a 10-day period and will see the north, east and south boundaries gated off.

“Yesterday [we saw] troubling instances of overcrowding, which is especially concerning given the current outbreak in the nearby University District.” said Paterson. “We also know that enforcement is challenging when crowds get that large, especially since the provincial order does allow for multiple outdoor gatherings of up to five people. For this reason, Breakwater Park is being fenced off, but we look forward to reopening this waterfront park as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

Paterson has said that the timeline is designed to coincide with when students move out in Kingston. “This timeline coincides with students move-out, but can be extended if needed. As one of our most popular community parks, closing it is a last resort,” says Mayor Bryan Paterson.

In addition, City Bylaw Enforcement and Kingston Police will be monitoring the parks in proximity to the University District.

Under the City of Kingston’s Administrative Monetary Penalties policy, individuals who fail to maintain distancing or enter a closed area of the park can be issued a fine of $2060 on the spot. Fines are eligible for appeal.

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