COVID-19 Re-Openings: May 16 and May 19
The City of Windsor is preparing for a re-opening of certain businesses, locations and amenities following Thursday’s announcement from Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
Among the notable openings that affect municipal operations, the premier announced that, as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2020, marinas, boat launches and golf courses were eligible to reopen if ready.
“Re-openings in our community must be slow and methodical to ensure that we do not risk a spike in COVID-19 cases,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “After months of social distancing and self-isolation, I appreciate the desire to get ‘back to normal’ – but the risks of moving too quickly are just too great.”
In Windsor, staff at the municipally run Roseland Golf and Curling Club have been anticipating this announcement and preparing the course with new guidelines and restrictions designed to keep staff and patrons safe, and the course will re-open on Saturday with the first tee-time being 7:30 a.m. Golfers, please review the new golfer guidelines prior to visiting.
Windsor’s Little River Golf Course will remain closed as more time is needed to prepare this facility.
Lakeview Park Marina, which was closed prior to the pandemic’s restrictions for major renovations will remain closed until construction is completed later this summer.
The boat launch at Lakeview Park Marina will remain closed, as it is within the construction zone noted above.
The small non-motorized boat launches at Stop 26 and Shanfield Shores will be ready to be open this Saturday morning by 10 a.m.
The boat launch at McKee will remain closed due to high water levels, which have created unsafe conditions.
The Premier also announced during his news conference that, as of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, retail stores with street level addresses, construction sites and tennis courts could re-open if ready.
The City of Windsor Building Division has been and will continue to accept all permit applications and will also resume full construction inspections starting Tuesday. There will continue to be safety parameters surrounding inspections in occupied buildings, and those specific directions will be provided when inspections are requested.
Parks and Recreation staff will proceed with the inspections and cleaning of the tennis courts in parks, as well as creating signage to affix to the courts regarding the new safety guidelines for use. It is anticipated that staff will be ready to remove the chains and locks, and the courts will be ready Tuesday morning.
The City of Windsor wants to remind residents that social distancing restrictions, i.e. keeping 2 metres from others and avoiding gatherings of more than 5 people remain in place. This applies to all areas including fields, parks, sidewalks, businesses and open spaces.
Outdoor Sports Fields:
Informal use of outdoor sports fields will be allowed for individual exercise or training, or for small groups of 5 or less. Parks staff will continue to maintain the grass areas only at the same level that is currently being provided for open park areas. Sport stadiums will remain closed.
Other Areas of Note:
Playgrounds - Closed
Basketball courts - Closed
Off-leash dog parks – Closed. Note: Parks staff are preparing off-leash dog parks to be ready for opening once provincial regulations are finalized.
Beaches - Closed
Skateboard parks - Closed
Off-road cycling trails - Closed (construction work continues)
Picnic areas - Closed
All park benches and tables throughout parks - Closed
Outdoor community gardens - Open
Park shelters - Closed
Outdoor exercise equipment - Closed
Outdoor Pools - Closed
Splash pads – Closed
General COVID-19 Safety Reminders:
Stay 2 metres away from others.
Don’t crowd others when standing in line.
Keep gatherings to 5 people or less.
Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face.
Carry hand sanitizer.
For more safety tips and practices, visit the Windsor Essex County Health Unit website. For more information on municipal matters related to COVID-19, visit www.citywindsor.ca/covid-19.