COVID-19 Update: Outdoor Recreational Amenities Closed

Further to local restrictions introduced recently, effective immediately the Province of Ontario has issued a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to close all outdoor recreational amenities. These actions are based on the advice of the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health.

What’s Closed:

The following amenities within the city’s parks are closed to the public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Playgrounds
  • Sports fields
  • Basketball and tennis courts
  • Off-leash dog parks
  • Beaches
  • Skateboard and BMX parks
  • Picnic areas
  • Outdoor community gardens
  • Park shelters
  • Outdoor exercise equipment
  • Marinas and boat launches

Signage at all City of Windsor parks indicating these closures will be installed by the end of the week. In addition to these closures, all City golf courses remain closed until further notice.

These closures are aligned with the Windsor-Essex Medical Officer of Health’s strong direction to residents to practice physical distancing and avoid gatherings in public settings.

What’s Open:

City parks remain accessible to the public, including green spaces within parks, trails, ravines and conservation areas (unless closed by other orders) for walkthrough access, but individuals must maintain the safe physical distance of at least two metres apart from others. For anyone who chooses to use these spaces, the City asks for the public’s full and continued cooperation in following all of the precautions identified by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit including:

  • Stay six feet away from each other (physical distancing)
  • Avoid all non-essential gatherings of any size
  • Stay home from work and other activities if you are sick
  • Self-isolate if you have travelled outside of Canada
  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently (for at least 20 seconds)
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or cough and sleeve into your elbow
  • Clean and disinfect high touch areas frequently

More Info on COVID-19 and the City of Windsor

  • Visit for the latest information on adjusted City services, including a growing list of Frequently Asked Questions that can help answer questions you might have or might not have thought of.
  • Our community partners at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit also have an excellent website with information on the latest health advice, community restrictions and guidelines, as well as other information on COVID-19.
  • For general information on municipal services or to request a service, please call 311, download the 311 app or email Open 8am and 4pm, Monday through Friday
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