Final Downtown Windsor Open Streets Weekend Ready to Go

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It's the final weekend of open streets in downtown Windsor.

The Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association has plenty of entertainment lined up, according to Chair Brian Yeomans.

He says Friday's announcement by the province reducing hours for bars and restaurants to 12 a.m. due to the COVID-19 pandemic starting at midnight Saturday shouldn't put a damper on the festivities.

"I'm confident that there are a lot of people that will support their favourite restaurant or bar and they'll go a little earlier," he says.

The Downtown Windsor Arts Fair will be a new addition spread out near the intersection of Ouellette and University Avenues.

Yeomans says the market runs from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and will be an added outdoor attraction.

"We're really excited to give these artists an opportunity to sell their wares when for the last six months they haven't been able to do any art shows or anything like that, so it will be a really good opportunity for them," Yeomans added.

He tells AM800 News it's been a challenging dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic all summer, but his staff has really stepped up.

"It's never easy to jump through hoops, but when communicating information to our membership to ensure that people are following the rules they're very diligent in it," he says.

Ouellette Avenue is closed from Wyandotte Street to Riverside Drive along with parts of University Avenue, Pitt Street and Pelissier Street.

Roads will remain closed to traffic from Friday at 5 p.m.  to Sunday at 11 p.m.