Kingston police say officers were repeatedly called out to the university district over the weekend to deal with loud and boisterous behaviour, and also busted two gatherings that exceeded the province’s COVID-19 limits.
Two fines were handed out over the weekend to residents in the university district for holding a gathering that exceeded the 50-person indoor limit and the 100-person outdoor limit.
On Sept. 12, around 1 a.m., police say they busted an indoor party exceeding the 50-person limit on Johnson Street.
The next morning, on Sept. 13, around 12:10 a.m., police say a gathering of over 100 people was broken up on Garrett Street.
The Reopening Ontario Act fines were the first of their kind handed out in the city, and amounted to $880 each, according to police.
Kingston police did not say how many people were at each gathering, but said both had “well over allowable numbers.”
On top of those two gatherings, police say between Friday and Sunday, officers responded to 108 noise complaints in the university district. This is in addition to the 255 university district noise complaints called in between Aug. 28 and Sept. 11.
This past weekend, police laid 55 Liquor Licence Act charges and doled out 27 Administration Monetary Penalties — 21 for noise, five for shouting and one failure to comply with an emergency order.
On top of that, police say three automobile insurance charges were laid.
In his letter, Masuda says he witnessed several “pods” of students drinking in the university district early Sunday morning. He also claims partying students have treated the university district like a giant outdoor bar.
The student code of conduct says drug and alcohol use, as well as contravention of the law, could lead anywhere from a written warning to academic probation or expulsion if infractions are repeated.