The Windsor Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) is once again implementing restrictions to deal with the rising cases of COVID-19 in the area.

Starting at 12:01AM on Friday, December 10, 2021, . With cases of COVID-19 climbing steadily in the past month, local health officials say they are once again putting in place restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

According to the health unit, the updated letter addresses the key settings associated with COVID-19 transmission identified through ongoing case investigations, which have identified social gatherings as an area of significant concern.

In particular, the revised Letter of Instruction contains the following additional measures:

  • Social gatherings limited to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors.
  • Added measures for wedding receptions and the social events tied to funerals and religious services.
  • Limiting indoor capacity for bars and restaurants to 50% of their total occupancy.
  • Strict adherence to face covering requirements in all public settings.

“With the recent surge in cases, we need to act quickly to contain the spread and preserve our public health system capacity so that we can continue to drive our resources toward the critically important vaccination effort. These additional measures are necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We will continue to review regularly and adjust based on our local data”, said health unit Chief Executive Officer, Nicole Dupuis.

Without further intervention, WECHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Shanker Nesathurai believes cases can reach levels similar to those seen at the same time last year.


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The announcement in Windsor-Essex comes on the heels of recent restrictions implemented in other Ontario health regions with increasing case counts.

With all that being said, we want to take a moment to remind you the importance of being civil and kind to those working in the hospitality and tourism industries. Everyone is tired. Everyone is frustrated. It doesn’t mean you can take it out on others who are trying to make a living and following the rules they were given.

Give the gift of local this year to help support the hospitality and tourism businesses you want to see around when all this is over.