Windsor Moves to Red and Recreation Centres to Close Temporarily

An increase in COVID-19 cases locally has resulted in the City of Windsor moving into the “Red-Control” zone of the provincial Keeping Ontario Safe and Open plan, as of Monday November 30, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.

“The fact that we have moved three times in the past three weeks is an obvious indicator that the situation in our region is significant, and getting worse,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “It hurts having to take another step back, but that’s what we’ll do, and together we’ll regroup as a community and refocus our efforts on keeping each other safe”.

The “Red-Control” zone would have limited recreation services including the ability for teams to play games or practice.  However, the City of Windsor is taking additional steps, beyond the Province of Ontario’s framework and will suspend recreational services in pools, arenas and community centres for a two-week period in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.  This proactive and temporary closure also reduces the risk that municipal recreation facilities would become the site of any future outbreaks.

After-school programming in City facilities will continue, and tenants leasing space in City facilities for after-school programs or non-recreation services can continue, but all recreational programming and rentals will end on Sunday, November 29, 2020, and be reassessed two weeks later.

The City of Windsor continues to take numerous precautions aimed at helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. For example, our transit system has a mandatory mask protocol. We also ask that patrons only use transit when they need to, and abide by safety protocols at all times.

Many City services remain available online and by appointment. Masks are mandatory, and handwashing stations are at all entrances when entering any City site.

For an on-going list of city services impacted by COVID-19, visit

To see all of the provincial rules and regulations associated with COVID-19 visit Keeping Ontario Safe and Open.

For safety tips and practices, visit the Windsor Essex County Health Unit website. 

Latest News