What’s open and closed on Thanksgiving in Windsor-Essex?

"Sorry We're Closed" sign. (Photo by Tim Mossholder from Pexels)

The COVID-19 pandemic means that big family gatherings this Thanksgiving are not recommended. Nevertheless, many Windsor-Essex businesses will be closed or on reduced hours so employees can spend time at home.

Thanksgiving is a federal statutory holiday, which means that on Monday, October 12, all federal, provincial and municipal offices are closed. Many are on reduced hours anyway due to the pandemic.

There will be no Canada Post delivery. All banks, credit unions and other financial institutions will be closed on Monday.

All ServiceOntario branches will be closed on Thanksgiving. Some transactions though can still be performed through their official website.

The publicly-funded English and French school boards in Windsor-Essex will not hold classes Monday, either in-classroom or online.

All branches of the Windsor Public Library and the Essex County Library will be closed Thanksgiving. No curbside service will be offered.

All LCBO outlets will be closed on Thanksgiving, along with all Beer Store locations in Windsor-Essex.

Devonshire Mall and Tecumseh Mall will be closed on Thanksgiving, but Windsor Crossing outlet mall in LaSalle is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Many retail outlets and chain restaurants will either be closed or on abbreviated hours. Call ahead to avoid a wasted trip.

Residential garbage, yard waste and recyclable collection in Windsor normally done on Monday will be delayed a day. Commercial garbage collection will take place as usual. The public drop-off centre at Central and EC Row in Windsor will be closed on Thanksgiving.

The 311 call centre will be closed Monday, while the 211 line will operate 24 hours a day as usual to serve all Windsor-Essex residents.

All community centres, pools, and arenas in the city of Windsor are closed on Thanksgiving. Adventure Bay Family Water Park is closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There will be no parking enforcement in Windsor on Monday. Metered street parking is free Thanksgiving and all traffic fine payment offices will be closed. Parking garages and lots, however, will be paid as usual.

The Francois Baby House and Chimczuk Museum in Windsor remain closed indefinitely due to the city’s reduced COVID-19 service protocol.

Transit Windsor buses are currently operating on an enhanced Saturday schedule due to the pandemic. The downtown transit terminal will be open Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., though the sales office on North Service Road will be closed.