Windsor-Essex County Moving into Stage 3 of Ontario’s Reopening Plan
Windsor-Essex County has entered Stage 3 of the provincial reopening plan. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s (WECHU) COVID-19 workplace website serves as a one-stop hub providing guidance for businesses and workplaces on how to prioritize and integrate public health and safety into their reopening plan. Some of those resources include the Safe Return to Business Checklists, which have been revised accordingly to reflect the changes to the rules and regulations in Stage 3 that affect the way in which businesses, workplaces, services, public spaces, and facilities must operate.
The ‘Safe Return to Business: A Public Health Toolkit for the Windsor-Essex Business Community’ (available in English and French) is a guidance document, based on the hierarchy of controls for occupational hazards, that provides general best practices and public health recommendations that can be applied across a variety of settings to minimize the risk of spread of COVID-19. Other sector-specific guidance documents and public health recommendations developed by reputable provincial health and safety organizations may also be found on WECHU’s Workplace Specific webpage.
The WECHU has also created a variety of downloadable signs for public use that may be printed and displayed throughout businesses and workplaces to communicate public health requirements (e.g., physical distancing, maximum occupancy limits, mask-wearing requirements, hand hygiene practices) that must be followed by employees and customers in your establishment. These downloadable signs are available in English, French, Arabic and Spanish for download from this Resources and Signage webpage.
There is also a limited quantity of “Stand Here” floor stickers and “Do Not Enter If Sick” window clings available in English for order from the WECHU. To learn more about how to order these signs for your business, workplace, establishment, or organization, visit the “Business Reopening Signage Order Form” page. On this page, you may submit an order request for the quantity of available signs you wish to receive by mail.
What to Expect in Stage 3
The following are now permitted to reopen or resume operations in Stage 3:
- Services that tend to a customer’s face
- Movie theatres
- Gyms and fitness studios
- Indoor events with a maximum gathering of 50 people
- Outdoor events with a maximum gathering of 100 people
- Real estate open houses
- Sporting and racing events
- Libraries may reopen for all on-site services
While the following must continue to remain closed in Stage 3:
- Amusement parks and water parks
- Table games at casinos and charitable gaming establishments
- Buffet-style food services
- Dancing at restaurants and bars, other than performers hired by the establishment following specific requirements
- Overnight stays at camps for children
- Private karaoke rooms
- Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports
- Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses, and oxygen bars
For questions related to closures and openings of businesses, call the Stop the Spread information line at 1-888-444-3659.
To protect yourself from COVID-19:
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly;
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue;
- Keep surfaces clean and disinfected;
- Stay home unless it is essential to go out and stay home when you are sick;
- Practice physical distancing (2 Metres); and
- Wear a non-medical cloth mask in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
The WECHU encourages the public to follow credible sources for information about COVID-19.
LaSalle Municipal Facilities in Stage 3
With the reopening of Ontario’s economy in Stage 3, the Town of LaSalle is in the process of making plans for a phased-in re-opening of municipal facilities. The Town will continue to follow the guidelines of the province and the local Medical Officer of Health. The safety of our employees and patrons is of utmost importance.
The Vollmer Complex remains closed to the public, except for organizations with rental permits. At the beginning of August, the Town welcomed Skate LaSalle into the Vollmer Complex for on-ice training with their participants. Administration is now working with the LaSalle Vipers and LaSalle Minor Hockey Association for their return to play guidelines. At this time, there is one ice pad available, with the second pad scheduled to be operational at the beginning of October.
Town staff are in the process of removing fencing and caution tape from playgrounds, and will be installing the swings. All playground equipment will be open for use within the next week. As a reminder, playground equipment is not sanitized, and users should wash their hands well before and after use.
A limited number of picnic tables are available for use in the pavilions at the Vollmer Complex, Brunet Park, Heritage Park and Front Road Park. Rental permits will not be issued this season for formal rentals, and additional picnic tables will not be provided. Use will be first come, first served. Picnic tables are not sanitized, and users must keep physical distancing in mind when using these areas.
The splash pad at the Vollmer Complex remains open daily from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, and will be unsupervised. Parents/guardians must supervise their children at all times. Please be kind and share the space with others. Limit your time to 15 minutes of splash pad play when others are waiting. Splash pad touch points will be sanitized twice each day. Users should wash their hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, before and after use.
As announced earlier, all rentals, events and in-person programs are cancelled in the month of August. At this time, there are no plans to open the fitness centre at the Vollmer Complex, or to offer in-person programming. The aquatic centre remains closed and under construction. The Town is continuing to consider options for the fitness centre and programming while following the advice of our public health officials, including the indoor gathering limit of no more than 50 people with physical distancing.
The LaSalle Civic Centre is open for town business, and for curbside pick-up at the Essex County Library. The atrium remains closed at this time.
Visit their webpage for the most up to date information.