Municipalities making adjustments due to province-wide shutdown

BlackburnNews.com file photo of Essex Town Hall.

There will be some changes to municipal services when they reopen after the holiday weekend due to the province-wide shutdown.

Most municipal buildings will be closed to the public during the shutdown.

“As a Council, we understand that these new restrictions are frustrating for residents and local business owners, especially since our local case counts are relatively low compared to other regions,” said Town of Essex Mayor Larry Snively. “We are happy to see that some businesses will be able to stay open under the restrictions, and we’re asking all residents to continue to support them when and where possible. There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we need to continue to be vigilant by reducing our close contacts, keeping physical distance, and staying home if we have any symptoms.”

Some municipal services can be accessed online through the local municipality’s websites and some services will be made available by appointment only. The best way to find out how services can be accessed is to visit one of eight municipal websites, City of Windsor, Town of Amherstburg, Town of Essex, Town of Kingsville, Municipality of Lakeshore, Town of LaSalle, Municipality of Leamington, or the Town of Tecumseh.

Service Ontario and Service Canada offices in the City of Windsor located in the 400 Building at 400 City Hall Square East will remain open at this time. All visitors will be screened upon entry.

All indoor recreation facilities are closed.  Memberships for the Vollmer Complex in LaSalle will be put on hold.

Municipal parks, trails, and outdoor recreation facilities remain open. Residents are reminded to maintain a 2-metres distance from others whenever possible.

Vaccine clinics at the WFCU Centre, Windsor Hall, the Sportsplex at St. Clair College, the Libro Credit Union Centre, and the Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre remain open for appointments. Appointments for residents 60 and older can be made at wevax.ca.

The province-wide shutdown remains in effect until at least April 28, 2021.