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


As of Wednesday January 5th, 2022 at 12:01am the Province of Ontario is in a Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen. The restrictions put in places for Step Two includes but is not limited to:


  • Face masks are advised but not required for outdoor events
  • Physical distancing of 2 metres is still required
  • Individual indoor events must be limited to 5 people and outdoors to 10
  • Capacity limits must be posted

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

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Proof of vaccination includes a print out or digital copy of your full vaccination status and must include the QR code as of January 4th, 2022.

To download a proof of your vaccination or for additional details please click

Use of the passport is needed to access the following list, which includes but is not limited to:

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout)
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment)
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, pools and waterparks
  • Sporting events
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gambling establishments
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas
  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing)

Vaccine certificates issued by all Canadian provinces and territories will be scannable in Ontario. This includes those issued by the Canadian Armed Forces. Visitors from outside of Canada need to present their proof of vaccine receipts to a local public health unit for verification and instructions on how to obtain a QR version of their receipt.


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 on your country of residence.

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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.



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

Based on current restrictions, all indoor attractions are closed to the public and outdoor attractions are operating at a reduced capacity. Due to the scale of closures, it is suggested that you contact locations in advance to determine their current status.


Updates are being made to the best of our availability based on information that is provided by our stakeholder partners. Please ensure you check the status of operations with businesses directly.


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



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