Kingston-area medical officer of health says no evidence of significant travel to region


Dr. Kieran Moore, medical officer of health for the region, said despite fears from locals, there’s been no evidence of a mass amount of out-of-towners travelling to the Kingston region.

On Feb. 9, just before the KFL&A region moved out of lockdown and into the province’s green zone, Moore said he was considering implementing travel restrictions that would have businesses check where their patrons were travelling from. This would allow businesses to deny services from regions in other provincial colour codes.

The Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, the neighbouring health unit, implemented such a public health order that same day.

Read more: Hastings Prince Edward MOH limits restaurants, services to regions out of emergency order

Moore had previously made it clear that he would be monitoring travel to the region before he made such an order.

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Now, several weeks into the move to green, he said since Feb. 9, he has received several tips from the community about people visiting Kingston.

One rumour in particular about a wedding at a local hotel seemed to spread like wildfire over social media. Moore said this was also shared with local officials.

“We had a worry that there was a wedding with hundreds of Torontonians in Kingston over the weekend,” Moore said…

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