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.

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

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 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

As of 12:01am on August 9th, 2021 travel for U.S. residents to Canada is permitted, with some restrictions, including:

  • Proof of your full COVID-19 vaccination
  • Proof of PCR test taken within the last 72 hours
  • Access to the ArriveCan app

Children under 12 are also permitted to visit with additional restrictions. Please visit www.crossingmadeeasy.com for full details.


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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