Outdoor Skating Postponed due to Changing Situation Provincially
With a province-wide lockdown announced today by Ontario Premier Doug Ford, the City of Windsor has reconsidered its plan to open free public skating at the Lanspeary Lions outdoor rink on Monday. The Provincial lockdown begins at 12:01 a.m. December 26ith a province-wide lockdown announced today by Ontario Premier Doug Ford, the City of Windsor has reconsidered its plan to open free public skating at the Lanspeary Lions outdoor rink on Monday. The Provincial lockdown begins at 12:01 a.m. December 26th, and will last for 28 days in Southern Ontario and 14 days in Northern Ontario.
“While we were technically within provincial guidelines to safely open today, today’s announcement by the Premier, the situation will change as of December 26th. Therefore, based on public health advice, we’ve decided that the time is simply not right to open outdoor skating rinks”, said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “The closure will remain in place for the duration of the lockdown, and then be re-evaluated.”
Windsor is currently in Grey-Lockdown status, which does permit outdoor skating as an active living opportunity. However, based on today’s Provincial announcement as well as a recommendation from Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Council has decided it would be best to keep the rinks closed. Protection protocols have been developed and include: reduced numbers on the ice to ensure social distancing and pre-registration. These protocols are ready to go quickly should the COVID-19 situation locally and across the province improve.
This continues to be an evolving situation and we will update residents as new information becomes available. Visit www.citywindsor.ca/covid-19 for the latest information. We have a 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 webpage of information on the latest health advice and information on COVID-19.