Windsor-Essex moves to red control level

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The province made the announcement just after 1 p.m. Friday. According to the province, steps are being taken to stop the spread of the virus with new cases on the rise.Windsor-Essex recorded 51 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

The new restrictions below the red control level will take effect Monday at midnight.

“The fact that we have moved three times in the past three weeks is a clear indicator that the situation in our area is important and is getting worse,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “It hurts to have to take another step back, but that is what we will do, and together we will come together as a community and refocus our efforts on each other’s safety.”

The changes will impact bars and restaurants as the limit of patrons allowed to sit indoors will be ten with groups of people seated together not exceeding four.

The limit for all organized public events and social gatherings is five people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

Gyms and fitness studios will be allowed to remain open but will have a maximum of ten people indoors and 25 for outdoor classes.

No team will be allowed to play games or participate in training. The city of Windsor is going even further by suspending recreation services at swimming pools, arenas and community centers for a two-week period in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

A full list of the new restrictions is available here.

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