Reopening Windsor-Essex: timeline of what's open and closed
On the eve of the latest gradual reopening of the Ontario economy, here’s a look at how this reopening compares to others in Windsor-Essex since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The region has been through three lockdowns/shutdowns and various stages of opening and closing over the past 15 months.
March 11, 2020 – Pandemic declared by World Health Organization.
March 19, 2020 - WECHU reports first COVID-19 case in region
March 20, 2020 - City of Windsor declares state of emergency, malls closed
May 11, 2020 – After two months, many Windsor retail stores with a street entrance reopened for curbside pickup or delivery.
May 19, 2020 - Province announces the first stage of the 're-start phase' towards re-opening Ontario’s economy and a slew of businesses from retail to recreation facilities are ramping back up after a months-long shutdown due to COVID-19.
What's open and closed in Windsor, Ont., starting May 20, 2020.
June 25, 2020 – Windsor-Essex moves to Stage Two: Leamington and Kingsville excluded. Hair salons and restaurants reopen.
July 7, 2020 – Leamington and Kingsville joins Stage Two: last in province.
Aug 12, 2020 – Windsor-Essex moves to Stage 3 reopening, gyms reopen
Sept 10, 2020 - Students back to school first time in six months
Sept 28, 2020 – Ford declares province is in second wave
Nov 3, 2020 – Color-coded approach introduced: Windsor starts in green
Adjustments made to the thresholds in the Ontario government's COVID-19 Response Framework on Nov. 13, 2020.
Nov 16, 2020 - Move to yellow zone
Nov 23, 2020 - Move to orange zone
Nov 30- Move to red zone
Dec 16, 2020 - Move to grey zone: lockdown 2.0
Dec 11. 2020 – Health unit orders closure of schools.
Feb 12, 2021 - Back to red zone, reopening of indoor dining, gyms and salons with restrictions and capacity limits.
JC Mahler works out at Refine Fitness in Windsor, Ont. on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (Michelle Maluske/CTV Windsor)
Feb 8, 2021 - Schools resume in-class learning.
Feb 16, 2021- Stay-at-home order lifted.
April 1, 2021 - Emergency brake shutdown starts in Windsor-Essex, indoor dining at restaurants, non-essential retail and gyms close.
April 12, 2021 –The province closed Windsor-Essex schools and any other schools that weren’t already closed indefinitely.
May 20, 2021 – Ontario nixes colour framework. Windsor-Essex will be grouped with the rest of the province as it rolls out the new three-step reopening plan.
Ontario's reopening roadmap (Supplied: Government of Ontario)
June 7, 2021: Province announces reopening of Step One is being bumped up to June 11. Patios, non-essential retail with an outdoor entrance and outdoor fitness with 10 people is allowed.
If the current three-step reopening plan continues as is, Ontario would move to Step Two on July 2 and Step Three on July 23.