April 9th, 2021  

KINGSTON, ON –  COVID-19 continues to pose many challenges in the lives of students, staff and faculty at Queen’s, as well as for the greater Kingston community.  

The AMS was extremely disappointed to hear about the immediate closure of Breakwater Park. With this being said, we also believe crowding at the pier, and not maintaining safe distances between households is unacceptable and intolerable. These actions are unproductive in the efforts to get back to a new normal and fight against COVID-19.  

While we urge students to stay home where they can, we acknowledge that outdoor spaces must be accessible. As the last week of classes comes to an end and exams begin, it is important to consider the stressful next few weeks our peers will encounter. Students will need the ability to safely access outdoor spaces to take breaks, and for their mental health.  

We have contacted University Administration and the City of Kingston with hopes of creating safe, accessible, and monitored spaces for students to be able to be outside. There are multiple ways to do this safely, and we must work together to ensure we are offering opportunities for the community to maintain their wellness. 

Please refer to this messaging put forth by the University about how to curb the spread of COVID-19.  

Please direct all media inquiries to Patrice Oliveira, AMS Director of Communications, atcommunications@ams.queensu.ca   

BACKGROUNDER    

Alma Mater Society (AMS) – //www.myams.org    

The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 19,000 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. There are over 1,000 student volunteers and 700 paid staff.   

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