COVID-19 UPDATES

As a leader in the tourism and hospitality community, Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island recognizes our role and responsibility in ensuring the health and safety of our partners as well as visitors to Windsor, Essex County and Pelee Island. At this time, we are following recommendations from our municipal, provincial and federal governments to implement safety precautions and reviewing how we proceed. We are working proactively to support our region during this time, and will continue to share information as it is received from our partners.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Updates & VISITOR INFORMATION

The Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island Offices are currently closed to the public. You can find information on the region by searching out website, or by calling 519-255-6530 during regular business hours M-F 8:30am through 4:30pm. You can also contact info@tourismwindsoressex.com for any inquiries or use out ChatBot (on the right hand side of the screen) for more information.

  • The Ontario Tourism Information Centre is currently closed
  • The Caesars Windsor kiosk is currently closed

PROVINCIAL FRAMEWORK TO REOPENING – STAGE ONE

As of Friday June 11th the Province of Ontario is in Stage One of the Roadmap to Reopen. Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen includes but is not limited to:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 10 people;

SHOPPING – SHOPYQG

  • Non-essential retail permitted at 15 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Essential and other select retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Outdoor malls may be open or stores in malls with exterior entrances – indoor malls must remain closed except for essential services;

Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments – DINEYQG

  • Outdoor dining with up to four people per table, with exceptions for larger households;

OUTDOOR Sports and recreational fitness facilities

  • Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor groups in personal training and outdoor individual/team sport training to be permitted with up to 10 people, among other restrictions;
  • Day camps for children permitted to operate in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines for COVID-19 produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
  • Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks, and short-term rentals;

ENTERTAINMENT VENUES

  • Concert venues, theaters and cinemas may open outdoors for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with no more than 10 performers, among other restrictions;

GAMING

  • Outdoor horse racing tracks and motor speedways permitted to operate without spectators; and

ATTRACTIONS

  • Outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens with capacity limits and other restrictions.
  • Outdoor tours with restrictions are now permitted.

Please view the regulations for full details. Please plan ahead and contact any businesses or attractions prior to visiting for updated services and hours.

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.

 

Border Crossing

For information on international border crossing and how COVID-19 is impacting travel please click crossingmadeeasy.com. Effective 12:01 am March 21, 2020, entry in to Canada is prohibited to non-essential travel, and only to residents of Canada and the United States and/or immediate family planning to visit. Entry will not be permitted to all other foreign nationals.

CURRENT CAMPAIGNS

 


REGIONAL REOPENING

Click “What’s Open” for a list of major attractions & Windsor & Essex County that have opened their doors to visitors. In addition, click on the icon below to find out more details on some of our major attractions and their reopening details.

 


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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