As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Windsor-Essex, City Council has voted to extend the temporary closure of municipal recreation centres into the New Year. Local arenas, pools and community centres were first closed to the public on November 30, after the City of Windsor moved into the Red-Control stage.
The City of Windsor and surrounding Windsor-Essex Region is experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases, similar to the surge happening throughout the province of Ontario. Today, the province is reporting just under 1,900 new cases in the past 24 hours while the local health unit is reporting 443 new cases in the past six days, including a record-setting 127 new cases on December 9.
“We need to do all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 locally, before it overwhelms our hospitals,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Community centres and recreation programming, by their very nature, encourage gatherings and group participation, which public health officials stress we should avoid right now.”
By proactively keeping temporary closures in place, the Windsor City Council is doing all it can to reduce the risk that recreation facilities would become the site of future outbreaks.
Outdoor recreation offerings like trails, outdoor sports courts and parks, as well as skating and tobogganing (as soon as conditions allow) remain the best options for residents looking for safe and healthy activity.
Residents should consult the City of Windsor website for a full list of online service options; however, those who still choose to visit City Hall need to do so by appointment. Masks are mandatory, and hand washing stations are at all entrances when entering any City of Windsor facility.
For an ongoing list of City services impacted by COVID-19, visit citywindsor.ca/covid-19.
To see all of the provincial rules and regulations associated with COVID-19 visit Keeping Ontario Safe and Open.
For local data, safety tips and practices, visit the Windsor Essex County Health Unit website.