Recreation facilities close as Windsor-Essex moves to Red

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Multiple recreational facilities are temporarily closing down as Windsor-Essex enters the Red-Control level of the COVID-19 response framework on Monday.

Based on advice from the Windsor Essex County Heatlh Unit, (WECHU) The Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre (NFFRC) in Leamington said it will close on Monday until further notice. The facility also stated that all expiring memberships will be extended for the duration of the closure.

Elsewhere, the Vollmer Complex in LaSalle also announced that it will be closing on Monday. Virtual services will be offered by both facilities, more information on virtual programs can be found on municipal websites.

On Friday, Ontario announced it would be moving Windsor-Essex into the Red level as the region began to surpass thresholds on the provincial scale.

As of Monday, at 12:01 a.m. restaurants will only allow 10 people to be seated indoors, and must close by 10 p.m. Casinos and bingo halls are also only permitted to have 10 people inside at one time and indoor movie theatres are required to close. Social gatherings and organized public events must be limited to five people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

A full list of the restrictions in place for regions in the Red-Control level can be found here.

-With files from Maureen Revait