City of Windsor COVID-19 Service Level Changes
Mayor Dilkens Orders the Temporary suspension of Transit Windsor Operations, effective end-of-day Sunday and Closure of Play Structures; City Parks remain Open
Temporary Suspension of Transit Service
Today, as part of the City of Windsor’s ongoing response to COVID-19, Mayor Drew Dilkens ordered the temporary suspension of Transit Windsor operations, effective the end of normal operating hours on Sunday, March 29, 2020.
The suspension of operations will last at least until Monday, April 13, 2020.
This action represents a precautionary measure to help safeguard the health and wellbeing of transit riders and operators alike, and to further help lower the risk of community infection within the City of Windsor.
“I recognize that despite the health warnings and advice, many in our community still rely on Transit Windsor for their daily needs,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “But, the risks associated with COVID-19 outweigh the inconvenience this shutdown will cause. As the seriousness of this global pandemic continues to become apparent, as Mayor of Windsor, I plan to do everything within my power to protect the health of local residents.”
Transit operations will continue this weekend to ensure that those residents who were planning to use public transit to acquire essential goods can continue to rely on this service until end-of-day Sunday. Enhanced cleaning measures have been in place for several weeks and will continue in the days ahead.
Temporary Closure of Play Structures within City of Windsor Parks
Effective immediately, the public is advised that all play structures in the City of Windsor’s parks are closed until further notice.
Parks, trails and open spaces remain open and, following the best advice of public health officials, their continued use is strongly encouraged. However, play structures, swings and children’s activity sets are being closed to reduce opportunities for gatherings and close contact, thereby lowering the potential risks associated with COVID-19 within the City of Windsor.
The City of Windsor maintains 989 hectares of parkland, 134 kilometres of trails, 137 playgrounds and over 2,000 acres of green space across our community. These open spaces allow for appropriate social distancing, while permitting residents to remain active and fit, both physically and mentally during the current public health crisis.
“For almost two weeks, my family and I have been in self-isolation after returning from overseas,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens “One of the first things we all plan to do when this period ends is to take a family hike through one of our neighbourhood trails. While we are asking parents to avoid the swings and playgrounds, I will always encourage residents to get fresh air and exercise and to enjoy one of the many open spaces maintained by the City of Windsor.”
This is an evolving situation, and we will continue to update residents as new information becomes available.
More Info on COVID-19 and the City of Windsor:
Visit www.citywindsor.ca/covid-19 for the latest information on adjusted City services, including a growing list of Frequently Asked Questions that can help answer questions you might have or might not have thought of.
Our community partners at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit also have an excellent web page with information on the latest health advice, community restrictions and guidelines, and other information on COVID-19. For general information on municipal services or to request a service, please call 311, download the 311 app or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open 8am and 4pm, Monday through Friday.