Windsor, Ont. –
Windsor-Essex indoor sports and recreation facilities must close for most activities due to new provincial COVID-19 restrictions.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced on Monday that the province will revert to a “modified” version of the second stage of the roadmap for reopening beginning Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. for at least 21 days (until January 26, 2022), subject to changes in public health indicators and the health system.
Measures for sports and recreational fitness activities:
Indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including gymnasiums, sporting events and personal training, must operate under the following conditions:
- closed indoors with exceptions and limited conditions (such as athletes training for the Olympics and Paralympics, certain elite professional and amateur sports leagues that will operate under a framework approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and people with disabilities for physiotherapy)
- outdoor open with spectators limited to 50% capacity and other restrictions
- proof of vaccination required for establishments with a usual capacity of 20,000 or more
Recreational facilities must operate under the following conditions:
- closed indoor recreational facilities
- open outdoor recreational facilities
At Lakeshore, all walk-in and currently scheduled recreation programs have been rescheduled to January 27 at the earliest. Returning to Stage 2 is for Atlas Tube Recreation Center, Comber Community Center and Libro Community Center.
“As a council, we know that the return of restrictions and closures to our recreational facilities will be frustrating for many of our community members,” said Lakeshore Mayor Tom Bain. “All we can ask is that everyone continues to do their part; get vaccinated, reduce close contact and stay home if you are sick. There is an end in sight, and we will get there together as a community.
The city indicates that program registration and facility rental fees will be credited or refunded.
The Lakeshore Municipal Office will remain open for essential visitors, who will be required to wear a mask and complete the COVID-19 screening form. All potential visitors should call ahead for information on alternate service options and to ensure staff availability.
The Tecumseh Arena and Recreation Complex will also remain closed until at least January 27. Virtual meetings can be organized if necessary.
“Taking this additional step to temporarily close our indoor recreation facilities will help limit exposures, which is something we need to do to protect our residents and staff,” said Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara. “I know this is disappointing news for many arena and recreation complex users, but our priority is to prevent this virus from overwhelming the healthcare system.”
The Essex Center Sports Complex, Maedel Community Centre, McGregor Community Centre, Colchester Community Center and Essex Recreation Complex in Essex will all close temporarily and the in-person recreation program will be postponed until further notice.
The city will offer refunds and course credits to all enrollees and plans to launch virtual programming,
The Essex Municipal Office as well as the By-Law Enforcement Building in the Gesto Building will temporarily close except for essential visits made by appointment only by calling 519-776-7336. Residents can access a number of online service options at www.essex.ca/OnlineServices.
“As a council, we understand that these new restrictions represent a challenge for local business owners,” said Mayor Larry Snively. “Many businesses will be able to remain open under the restrictions, and we ask all residents to continue to support them when and where possible. Please continue to be vigilant by getting vaccinated and following all public health measures. »
Recreational buildings in Amherstburg, including the Libro Credit Union Center, will also be closed in accordance with the restrictions.
In LaSalle, Complexe Vollmer has been closed since December 30 due to exposure to COVID-19 in the facility and will remain closed until at least January 26 following details in the provincial announcement.
All ice rentals have been canceled until the building is able to reopen. Fitness and pool customers with a prepaid membership will have their membership extended for the duration of the closure and monthly memberships will be suspended until programs and services resume.
The start of winter programs will be delayed until the week of January 30 and the end date will be extended to accommodate the late start. Virtual fitness classes are also available.