Mayor Declares State of Emergency

Mayor Dilkens Orders the Temporary Closure of Devonshire and Tecumseh Malls to further halt the potential spread of Coronavirus

Today, as part of the City of Windsor’s ongoing response to COVID-19, Mayor Drew Dilkens officially declared a State of Emergency.  Declaring an emergency under s 4(1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act provides Windsor with additional tools to protect the health and safety of individuals and families living in the City, and will grant access to Provincial funding, should it become available.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a State of Emergency on March 17, 2020. Since that time, several municipalities have followed suit, including: Calgary, London, Vaughan, Cobourg, Newmarket, and Sarnia, among others.

Temporary Closure of Devonshire and Tecumseh Malls

Additionally, Mayor Drew Dilkens has ordered the temporary closure of Devonshire and Tecumseh Malls in the City of Windsor as a proactive measure to further halt the potential spread of COVID-19 in our community.

This temporary closure will come into effect at end of normal operating hours Saturday, March 21, 2020 until at least Sunday April 5, 2020.  

With residents set to return to the community from March Break travel outside of Canada as well as advisories from public health officials recommending against congregating in groups of 50 or more, this step is being taken to further safeguard Windsor residents.

“Schools, restaurants, churches, community centres, pools, libraries and arenas have shut their doors to help reduce the risk of transmission,” said Mayor Dilkens. “This is just the appropriate next step to take as we seek to protect public health.”

Detailed Order Issued by Mayor Drew Dilkens:

Effective at the regularly scheduled close of business on Saturday March 21, 2020, the properties located at 3100 Howard Avenue, known as the “Devonshire Mall”, and 7654 Tecumseh Road East, known as the Tecumseh Mall,  (together referred to as the “Premises”) shall be closed to the public save and except the following:

a.    Any retail pharmacy within or attached to the Premises;

b.    Any retail grocery store within or attached to the Premises;

c.     Any restaurant facility licenced under the authority of a licence of permit issued under the Liquor Licence Act;

d.    Any pad site not physically connected to the Premises.

e.    Any site attached directly to the Premises for which no access is available from within the interior mall portion.

f.      This order shall be in effect until 11:59pm on April 5, 2020.

This is an evolving situation and we will continue to update residents as new information becomes available. Visit for the latest information.  We have 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 webpage of information on the latest health advice and information on COVID-19.

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