The city of Kingston is expected to be a little quieter this weekend as many students from Queen’s and St. Lawrence College head home for Thanksgiving.
The upcoming week will also be reading week for Queen’s students.
Expecting gatherings to take place both with members of the community in Kingston and students who return home, KFL&A Public Health sent out the following list of recommendations:
- Keep your gathering small.
- Take your gathering outdoors or let the outdoors in by opening windows in your home to allow fresh air in and increase air circulation.
- Limit travel and connect virtually with extended family and friends.
- Monitor for symptoms and get tested.
- Stay home if you feel sick.
- Give thanks and get your COVID-19 vaccine shot. Immunization appointments and walk-in clinics are still available. Find a full list of clinics running over the holiday weekend on KFL&A Public Health website.
A number of city services will be impacted by the holiday Monday.
All city administrative services, Utilities Kingston, public libraries, arenas and community centres will be closed for the statutory holiday.
Public transit will run on a Sunday schedule on Monday, and all waste collection will be pushed back a day.
Some on campus dining is open for Queen’s students who remain in Kingston, but those that are open do so on a reduced schedule.
St. Vincent de Paul hosted their Thanksgiving dinner takeout this afternoon, and those looking for a warm meal on Thanksgiving Monday will have some familiar spots as options.
St. George’s Anglican Cathedral will be serving a spread on Monday from 11:00-11:45 AM, and in lieu of the holiday Lunch By George will be closed on Friday.
Martha’s Table will also be open and serving hot meals as usual.
Executive Director Ronda Candy said Thanksgiving is the one statutory holiday they really make the most effort to be open for, and will be serving a traditional turkey dinner.
She says the expected demand this year is higher than ever.
“It is busy, there’s a lot of need, there’s a lot of people struggling to make ends meet,” Candy said.
“And sometimes they just aren’t in a place where they can cook a good meal.”
She said the staff, and 11 volunteers, are eager to make it a good Thanksgiving Monday for everyone.
After the last especially difficult year for many, they are cooking to feed up to 500 on Monday.
Meals are being delivered to those who are already signed up with Martha’s Table delivery, and one takeout meal per person is available to anyone from 11 AM to 1 PM.