COVID-19 UPDATES

At this time, we are following recommendations from our municipal, provincial and federal governments to implement safety precautions across the region.

PROVINCIAL ROADMAP TO REOPEN – STEP THREE

As of Friday July 16th the Province of Ontario is in Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen. Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen includes but is not limited to:

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • Face masks are advised but not required for outdoor events
  • Physical distancing of 2 metres is still required
  • Masks are still required for indoor activities
  • Capacity limits must be posted

Please plan ahead and contact any businesses or attractions prior to visiting for updated services and hours.

ONTARIO PROOF OF VACCINATION

Effective 12/10/2021 food and beverage establishments as issued by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, the following provisions are in place for social events and establishments selling food & drink.

  • Social gatherings should be no more than 10 people if the gathering is held indoors, or 25 people if the gathering is held outdoors.
  • Gatherings associated with a wedding, a funeral or a religious service rite or ceremony must ensure assigned seating for all attendees and ensure that all attendees wear a mask or face covering at all times, except when seated
    at their assigned seat and consuming food or drink; and ensure that capacity is limited by the number of individuals that can maintain physical distancing.
  • Limit indoor capacity to 50% of the total space to enable physical distancing and post visible signage indicating the number of individuals permitted based on this limit.

In addition, as of Wednesday September 22nd proof of vaccination will be required at all higher-risk indoor public settings.

Proof of vaccination includes a print out or digital copy of your full vaccination status. All versions of the receipt are acceptable as proof of vaccination. However, a patron seeking access to a business or organization specified in the regulation must provide the receipt that shows that they are fully vaccinated. A new digital vaccination passport will be available starting October 22nd, 2022. More details will be released at a later point on the digital passport.

To download a proof of your vaccination or for additional details please click covid19.ontariohealth.ca.


BORDER REOPENING

Non-essential travel is permitted between the United Stats and Canada for the purpose of leisure travel for fully vaccinated residents, with certain restriction based o your country of residence.

For a highlight of all the details please click crossingmadeeasy.com.


Steps To Prevent Illness

Our local health authority, The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is recommending that in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus individuals should:

  • wash hands frequently and avoid facial contact;
  • avoid contact with sick individuals;
  • stay home from work when ill;
  • ensure to properly clean high-touch surfaces, especially in your public spaces like washrooms, restaurants, elevators and work spaces;
  • where possible, consider making alcohol-based hand sanitizer available for your guests and employees.

As the situation continues to evolve quickly, we encourage you to reference the Windsor Essex County Health Unit website for the latest regional updates.

Businesses are also required to provide alcohol based hand rub at entrance and exit points. For full details on the rules please click here.

SAFE TRAVELS

 

The World Travel & Tourism Council has created ‘Safe Travels’. Safe Travels is a certification program that will allow travellers to recognize businesses and groups around the world which have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols – so consumers can experience Safe Travels.

Eligible businesses can display the badge to showcase their status – and Tourism Windsor Essex is proud to announce that we were the first Destination Marketing Organization in Ontario to receive the certification.

Part of our protocols include businesses and attractions providing a standardized version of protocols to ensure that people are and feel safe. For more details on the program click here.

Interested business adhering to the policies locally can apply for the certification for free by clicking here.

 


WHAT’s open

Most attractions and businesses are open within the region and operating at reduce to full service levels, pending local recommendations.

MAJOR ATTRACTION STATUS

Please ensure you check the status of operations with businesses directly.


STAKEHOLDER RESOURCES

For an update list of RESOURCES, WEBINARS and HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS for local businesses please check out our COVID-19 RESOURCE HUB.

COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCE HUB

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