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 TWO (MODIFIED)
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.
Restaurants, bars and cafes
• Restaurants, bars and cafes must close for indoor dining.
• Outdoor dining is permitted with restrictions.
• Takeout, drive through and delivery is permitted.
• There are new restrictions that prohibit the sale of alcohol after 10 p.m. and the consumption of alcohol on-premise in businesses or settings after 11 p.m. with delivery and takeout, grocery/convenience stores and other liquor stores exempted.
Gyms and sports recreation facilities
• Gyms, indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities must close except for athletes training for the Olympics and Paralympics and select professional and elite amateur sport leagues.
• Outdoor facilities are permitted to operate but with the number of spectators not to exceed 50 per cent occupancy and other requirements.
Shopping and retail
• Retail settings, including shopping malls will be permitted to remain open but at 50 per cent capacity.
• For shopping malls physical distancing will be required in line-ups, loitering will not be permitted and food courts will be required to close.
Concerts and events
• Concerts and other ticketed events are no longer allowed with in-person attendees.
• Rehearsals and recorded performances are permitted to continue with restrictions.
• Capacity will be limited to five people indoors at all organized public events.
Cinemas and theatres
• Movie theatres and live theatre venue are no longer permitted to remain open.
Museums and galleries
• Museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions, amusement parks and waterparks, tour and guide services and fairs, rural exhibitions, and festivals must all close.
• Outdoor establishments are permitted to remain open with restrictions and with spectator occupancy, where applicable, limited to 50 per cent capacity.
• Meeting and event spaces will be closed with limited exceptions but outdoor spaces can remain open with restrictions.
• Capacity will be limited at indoor weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites and ceremonies to 50 per cent capacity of the particular room.
• Outdoor services are limited to the number of people that can maintain 2 metres of physical distance. Social gatherings associated with these services must adhere to the social gathering limits.
• Pre-scheduled meetings to view venues spaces can still occur, for future booking purposes.
• Indoor horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues must close. Outdoor establishments are permitted to remain open with restrictions and with spectator occupancy limited to 50 per cent capacity.
To see full details and additional details please click ontario.ca.
ONTARIO PROOF OF VACCINATION
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 covid19.ontariohealth.ca.
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.
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.
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.
A Hidden Gem Bed and Breakfast
Ambassador Duty Free Windsor
Ambassador Golf Club
Amherstburg Freedom Museum
Anchor Coffee House
Anna’s Garden, Home & Wellness
Antonino’s Original Pizza – LaSalle
Antonino’s Original Pizza – Tecumseh
Antonino’s Original Pizza – South Windsor
Art Gallery of Windsor
Atlas Tube Recreation Centre
Banded Goose Brewing Co.
Beach House Grill
Belle River On The Lake BIA
Belle River Marina
Best Western Leamington Hotel & Conference Centre
Best Western Plus Windsor Waterfront
Blimey’s British Store & Gift Shop
Bradt’s Butcher Block
Bridgewood Farms Cottage
Butcher of Kingsville
Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village
Canadian Historical Aircraft Association
Chapter Two Brewing Co.
Cindy’s Home Garden & Gifts
Colchester Ridge Estate Winery
Colio Estate Winery
Comfort Inn South Windsor
Comfortech Bike Rentals
Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards
Craft Heads Brewing Co.
Cured Craft Brewing Co.
Days Inn Leamington
Distinctive Inns of Kingsville
Doctor’s House at Harrow
Downtown Espresso Café
Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market
Duck Pond Bed & Breakfast Cottage
Erie Street BIA
Essex County Steam & Gas Engine Museum
Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Windsor
FRANK Brewing Co.
Freddy’s Restaurant & Lounge
GL Heritage Brewing Co.
Grape Vine Tours
Happier Camper Canada
Holiday Inn & Suites Ambassador Bridge – Windsor
Holiday Inn Express Windsor East – Lakeshore
Holiday Inn Express Windsor Waterfront
J.P. Wiser’s Experience Centre
Joey’s Restaurant Leamington
Kingsville Brewing Co.
Kingsville Business Improvement Association
Lakeside Bakery Deli Café
LaSalle Civic Centre
Leamington Arts Centre
Leamington District Chamber of Commerce
Lee & Maria’s Market
Lot 10 Brewing Co.
Macro Foods Inc.
Mastronardi Estates Winery
Mettawas Station Mediterranean Restaurant
Municipality of Lakeshore: Town Hall
Muscedere Vineyards Estates Winery
Navy Yard Flats
nooch. a vegan eatery
North 42 Degrees Estate Winery
Oven 360 – South Windsor
Oven 360 – LaSalle
Oven 360 – Leamington
Oven 360 – Tecumseh
Oven 360- Walker Road
Oxley Beach House
Paglione Estate Winery
Pelee Island Winery
Pelee Island Adventures
Quality Inn & Suites Windsor
Quality Inn Leamington
Red Lantern Coffee Co.
River’s Edge Tap & Table
Rock Bottom Bar + Grill
Rochester Place Golf & Resort
Sandwich Brewing Co.
Serenity Lavender Farm
Silver Tee Golf & Virtual Gaming Centre
Sketch Art Workshop
Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery
Sweet Retreat Ice Cream and More
Tagged It Paper Co.
Terra Green Gardens
The Bank Theatre
The Fruit Wagon
The Grove Hotel
The Grove Brewing Co.
The Lumberjack Restaurant
The Main Grill & Ale House
The Mush Hub
The Village Shoppe
The Vines Restaurant
The Walnut Grove Bed and Breakfast
The Wandering Dog Inn on Pelee Island
Three Lambs Registry & Baby Boutique
Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island
Town of Amherstburg, Culture and Tourism
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Windsor
Urban Surf Co.
Ure’s Country Kitchen/ Mini Golf
Vivace Estate Winery
Vintage Grapes Houseboat & Lodging
Vollmer Culture & Recreation Complex
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.
MAJOR ATTRACTION STATUS
- Owen Sound Transportation operating ferry service to Pelee Island is closed for the season.
- Adventure Bay Family Water Park is temporarily closed, including the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre.
- Caesars Windsor is temporarily closed through January 26th, 2022 at the earliest
- Point Pelee National Park is closed to the public from January 6th through January 20th, 2022.
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.