Chatham-Kent Closures

Road Closures:

Wheatley Road will be closed between Goodreau Line and Tilbury West and Romney Road and Campbell Road will be closed between 6th Concession Line and Goodreau Line from Monday, June 1, 2020 at 7 a.m. to Friday, July 10, 2020 at 5 p.m. for replacement of bridge structure on Wheatley Road over the Campbell Sideroad drain. Local traffic will be allowed up to — but not through –the construction zone.

Main Detour: Wheatley Road (CK #1) – Talbot Trail (CK #3) – Coatsworth Road (CK #4)
Local Detour: Goodreau Line – Tilbury West and Romney Road – Wheatley Road – 6th Concession Road

Merlin Road will be closed at the Hwy. 401 overpass, between Queen’s Line and Gleeson Line, from May 25 at 7 a.m. to September 3 at 5 p.m. for bridge rehabilitation, as directed by the Ministry of Transportation. Local traffic permitted up to the work zone. Emergency vehicles will not have access through the work zone.

Drivers are asked to follow the posted detour:

Queen’s Line – Bloomfield Road – Eighth Line – Merlin Road

Note: Construction work at Bloomfield Road and Richmond Street. Construction will be completed in multiple stages requiring changes to the lane closures. The project completion date is June 26. The detour route is Park Avenue West – Keil Drive South – Riverview Drive

Rose Beach Line over South Marsh Creek is closed because of erosion from Lake Erie along the edge of the road. It’s unknown how long the closure will last. Since Rose Beach Line will no longer be available as a route between Morpeth and Rondeau, the alternative route is Talbot Trail and Kent Bridge Road.

Recently announced cancellations/closures:

All of the Summer 2020 Cars & Coffee events have been cancelled to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and visitors. Organizers say they are looking forward to seeing you and your classic car in 2021.

WAMBO 2020 has been cancelled. The event is expected to come back during the second week of August 2021. CLICK HERE for the full story.

The 2020 Danes in Distress golf tournament has been cancelled. Organizers are now looking at plans for 2021.

The Ridgetown District Agricultural Society has decided to postpone and cancel several upcoming events. The 153 Parade will be postponed to a date that has yet to be determined. Horse Shows have been cancelled and will be rescheduled for next year. The Farmer’s Market is postponed until the end of June and will be re-evaluated at that time. The Ambassador Program and Community Information Day have been rescheduled for the spring of 2021. The East Kent Vintage Equipment Club and Tucca Tournament have been rescheduled for the summer of 2021.

Previously posted regional cancellations:

The province has announced that Drive Test centres and Travel Point locations will close to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Goodwill is temporarily closing its community stores. Details can be found here.

The YMCA of Chatham-Kent is temporarily closed until further notice.

All planned events in Ontario Parks are being cancelled until further notice, however outdoor recreational opportunities including camping and day-use will still be available at operating parks.

Previously posted local cancellations:

The Maple City Slo Pitch League has made the decision to cancel the 2020 season due to the ongoing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic. Team representatives have been asked to reach out to their Divisional Executive to discuss how their team would like to handle any deposits that have been put down for the 2020 Season. Teams will have the option for a full refund or to transfer the balance on the account to next year’s season.

The Chatham-Kent Plowmen’s Association has made the difficult, but necessary, decision to cancel the 2020 Chatham-Kent Plowing Match. They are looking forward to coming back next year for the Chatham-Kent Plowing Match on August 14, 2021.

An annual fundraiser that supports operations at Chatham-Kent Crime Stoppers has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ultimate Rodeo Tour at TJ Stables, originally scheduled for July 17, has been rescheduled to September 25. All tickets previously issued for the July 17th performance will be honoured.

The Summer Night Market in Dresden is being postponed to 2021. Details in regard to the Christmas Night Market are unknown at this time, however, the Dresden Night Market Team said they hope to have more information in the coming months.

The International Plowing Match and Rural Expo has been postponed to October 2021.  Members of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association said the IPM will run from Wednesday, Oct. 13 to Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, and will be held at the Lindsay Fairgrounds and neighbouring farms in Lindsay, Municipality of Kawartha Lakes.

The Chatham Maroons have cancelled the 2020 Alumni Tournament due to COVID-19. The annual tournament was scheduled to take place on July 18 at Willow Ridge Golf and Country Club. Next year’s Alumni Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 17, 2021.

The Bothwell Ministerial Association has announced that the Decoration Day at the Bothwell Cemetery, scheduled for June 28, has been cancelled.

The Chatham Youth Soccer 2020 season has been cancelled due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19. For a full refund or to defer funds to next year, players can go to the website or call (519) 352-1999.

The Dresden Agricultural Society has cancelled the 2020 Dresden Exhibition due to COVID-19 concerns. Organizers are planning to bring back the event in 2021.

The Mitchell’s Bay 9th Annual Antique Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Show, scheduled for July 18, has been cancelled. Read more here.

The 2020 Bothwell Optimist Opti-fest & Old Autos Car Show has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Organizers are hoping to bring back the event in August 2021.

With social gatherings of more than five people being banned, the Chatham Kinsmen Club will not be selling fireworks for the May and July 1 long weekends. The Kinsmen Fair in June has also been cancelled.

The Mitchell’s Bay Open fishing tournament has been cancelled this year. Read more here.

The 45th annual Thamesville Threshing Festival, which was set to take place on June 26-27, has been postponed. Read more here.

Blenheim Cherry Fest and Sidewalk Days is cancelled this summer. Read more here.

The 2020 Chatham-Kent Senior Expo and Achievement Awards ceremony scheduled to take place in June has been cancelled. However, nominations for Senior of the Year are still being accepted. You can read more about it here.

The Chatham-Kent Public Library is extending its closure. All branches will remain closed until further notice. All library events — including the tax clinics are cancelled. Due dates have been extended for items already checked out and overdue fines will not accrue during the closure. Details about the CKPL virtual library can be found here.

Concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic have led to the cancellation of this year’s Festival of Nations in Tecumseh Park. The committee said it is committed to holding an amazing event in 2021.

The rest of this year’s spring OFSAA championships and festivals have been cancelled. Read more here.

Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health has ordered the closure of BMX and skate parks. Details can be found by clicking, here.

The Diabetes Canada Fundraising Concert has been rescheduled to May 28 at 7:30 p.m. The event will still be held at the Kiwanis Theatre in Chatham.

The John D. Bradley Convention Centre is closing its doors to the public until further information from our local, provincial and federal government state it is safe to resume public gatherings.

As of the end of the day on March 20, the Walpole Algonac Ferry will be shutting down indefinitely. Their official announcement can be found here.

Municipal offices in Chatham-Kent and the Chatham and Dresden Service Ontario locations will be closed until further notice. You can read more about it here.

The Beer Store limiting its hours to 10 a.m to 6 p.m. because of the COVID 19 pandemic. Click here for more.

Pet and Wild Rescue will be limiting some of its services until further notice. Click here for more info.

Theatre Kent has cancelled its 2019-2020 season, this includes the show Calendar Girls.

Riverview Gaming Centre in Chatham will be closed starting Monday, March 16. They will continue to monitor the situation and make a decision to re-open when it is safe.

The Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Banquet scheduled for April 16 is being postponed to early or mid-June, or even until September, depending on the COVID-19 circumstances in late April or early May.

The Chatham-Kent Accessibility Advisory Committee awards presentation that was scheduled to take place on March 17th at Eden Villa Retirement Assistant Living is cancelled.

All CK Recreaction programs and services, including all public swimming and March Break programs, are cancelled indefinitely.

Programs at all Arts & Culture facilities are being cancelled indefinitely.

All Arts & Culture facilities are now closed. This includes Ridge House Museum, CK Museum, Capitol Theatre, Kiwanis Theatre, ARTspace, and the Thames Art Gallery.

All Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres programming has been cancelled until further notice.

Brio Academy is closed until further notice. Students will get info later this week regarding online learning.

Community Living’s day programs at Park Avenue, Riverview Drive, and Sass Road and two respite programs (Children’s, and Adult) will close until further notice.

Community Living Wallaceburg’s offices on Dufferin Avenue are closed. All meetings, training and agency activities have been cancelled until further notice.

The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority’s administration office in Chatham and the resource centre at Longwoods Road Conservation Area will be closed to the public, effective March 18.