Kingston Health Officials urges business to serve non-locals

Downtown Kingston

As more Kingston businesses re-open during stage two of the province's restart plan, public health officials urge businesses to welcome all visitors after reports of those from outside the region being denied service. 

The incidents have included business staff asking customers for area codes or a piece of ID and others who have been denied service outright. 

A joint statement from the City of Kingston and Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health said there's been "alarming complaints about Kingstonians fearing visitors from outside the city and displaying unwelcoming behaviour, businesses refusing service, and specific instances of discrimination against people visiting from areas outside of the KFL&A region," the statement said. 

Kingston Public Health said there are currently no restrictions on travel to and from the region and these practices are not acceptable. 

"Any attempt to impose intolerant practices...is unacceptable. These are not public-health endorsed measures, nor do they reflect the welcoming, caring community of the KFL&A region."

It goes on to say that the current public health guidelines in place, mandatory masks in commercial spaces, physical distancing and frequent hand washing, remain the best defence against the virus.