More City of Windsor Services, Facilities, and Amenities to Re-Open
The City of Windsor is moving forward with a new round of Stage 2 re-openings in keeping with Provincial regulations and applying public health guidelines and limitations.
“Re-opening municipal facilities is certainly going to be more challenging than it was to shut them down,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “We need to recall and train staff on new health and safety protocols; prepare and reconfigure some facilities and ensure adequate PPE is on hand.”
Some municipal facilities, services and amenities are set to re-open next week, several others will require more preparatory activity before they are able to be opened later this summer, and others will remain closed until the City of Windsor is permitted to move to Stage 3 of the Province of Ontario’s Re-opening Framework.
|Licensing||350 City Hall Sq.||July 6||By appointment only|
|Gaming||350 City Hall Sq.||July 6||By appointment only|
|Marriage Licences||350 City Hall Sq.||July 6||By appointment only|
|City Officiated Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies||350 City Hall Sq.||July 6||Limit 10 attendees|
|Counter service for taxation support||350 City Hall Sq.||July 6||By appointment only|
|Counter service for permit applications||350 City Hall Sq.||July 6||By appointment only|
|In-person payment of parking fees for permits and passes||1266 McDougall Ave.||July 6||By appointment only. The City of Windsor will not switch to in person payment of parking fines at this time.|
Facilities and Amenities
7 of 9 splash pads in the City of Windsor will be re-opened on July 13, 2020. To adhere to new public health recommendations, splash pad areas will be enclosed using temporary fencing and staff will be stationed on site to limit the number of individuals in the pad as well as to periodically sanitize the features. Two splash pads will remain closed: Remington Booster Park, as it is located inside the fenced outdoor pool area, and the small splash pad at Kimmy Lucier (Mic Mac Park), as the area is too small to allow for appropriate social distancing and another, larger, splash pad is located nearby.
Due to operational challenges associated with enforcing social distancing within City of Windsor pools, both indoor and outdoor swimming facilities will remain closed. This decision will be re-evaluated after the Government of Ontario has permitted the City of Windsor to enter Stage 3 of the Provincial Re-opening framework.
The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has announced that they lack the capacity to undertake water-quality testing this summer due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Windsor City Council has approved additional resources to hire a private contractor to undertake this activity in order to ensure public safety and enable the re-opening of Windsor’s Sandpoint beach on or before August 4, 2020. The period leading up to this reopening is necessary to recall and train staff on new public health protocols, as well as to allow for the installation of lifeguard chairs and swimming area lines.
Park and Sports Field Permits
Provincial regulations limit the types of facilities that are permitted to re-open during each stage of the re-opening plan. In Stage 2, playgrounds, play structures, and outdoor fitness equipment must remain closed. Outdoor team sports may resume, but only for training purposes, as scrimmages and games are not permitted. The City of Windsor is in the process of surveying local sports organizations on their current plans for the 2020 season. Should there be demand for outdoor sports field usage in 2020, the allocations may be consolidated and a limited number of fields may be made available. Park permits will also be available for small gatherings such as weddings, picnics, etc. following provincial guidelines.
The City will offer 5 weeks of Modified Day Camps for children aged 3 – 14 (from August 4 to September 4th, 2020), at the WFCU Centre and Capri Pizzeria Complex only, subject to confirmation of sufficient demand for the program. The size and space within these facilities make them among the only options to accommodate necessary health and safety precautions. During the month of July, staff will be re-called and trained on new pandemic-related guidelines and camp programing, and facilities will be reoriented to adhere to social distancing requirements. A registration period will begin on July 2nd until July 12th to determine the demand for this program. Registration can be done on-line or by phone at 519-966-6065. Once the programs have been confirmed, registration can be continued until capacity is reached.
Indoor Recreation & Culture Facilities
Windsor City Council has also accepted Administration’s recommendation to keep all other indoor recreation and culture facilities, including Willistead Manor, closed at this time. Previously booked rentals up to September 7, 2020 will be cancelled. This decision will be reviewed after the Government of Ontario permits the City of Windsor to enter Stage 3 of the provincial re-opening framework.
For more safety tips and practices, visit the Windsor Essex County Health Unit website.