Windsor-Essex recreation services to shut beneath new COVID-19 restrictions


Windsor, Ontario. –

Indoor sports and recreation facilities in Windsor-Essex are forced to close for most activities due to new provincial COVID-19 restrictions.

Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford announced on Monday that the province would revert to a “modified” version of Step 2 of the reopening timetable for a minimum of 21 days (through January 26, 2022) starting on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 12:01 am depending on trends in public health and health system indicators.

Measures for sport and leisure fitness activities:

Indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including gyms, sporting events and personal training, must be operated under the following conditions:

  • Indoor closed with limited exceptions and conditions (such as athletes training for the Olympics and Paralympics, selected professional and elite amateur sports leagues operated through an approved framework by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and people with disabilities for Physiotherapy)

  • Open outdoors with 50 percent capacity and other restrictions

  • Evidence of vaccination required for facilities with a typical capacity of 20,000 or more people

Recreational facilities

Recreational facilities must be operated under the following conditions:

  • Indoor leisure facilities closed

  • Outdoor leisure facilities open

In Lakeshore, all drop-in and currently planned leisure programs have been postponed to January 27th at the earliest. The return to step 2 involves the Atlas Tube Recreation Center, Comber Community Center, and Libro Community Center.

“As a council, we know the return of restrictions and closings on our recreational facilities will be frustrating for many of our community members,” said Tom Bain, Lakeshore Mayor. “All we can ask is that everyone continue to do their part; Get vaccinated, cut down on close contacts, and stay home when sick. The end is in sight and we will make it together as a community. “

The city says program registration and facility rental fees will be credited or refunded.

The Lakeshore city office will remain open to key visitors who wear a mask and must fill out the COVID-19 screening form. All potential visitors should find out about alternative service options in advance and ensure the availability of staff.