Windsor to Follow Provincial Direction to Reopen Businesses


Don't expect life in Windsor-Essex to get back to normal anytime soon or overnight.

Speaking on AM800's the Morning Drive, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens says the city is taking its direction from the province on which businesses remain open and closed.

"I know they are planning at the provincial level how we can emerge from isolation and when to reboot the economy, but the last thing they want to see and the last thing I want to see and the last thing anyone wants to see is a second wave," he says.

Dilkens says city officials are looking at how quickly the numbers of positive cases are doubling and when it slows down but he says resuming back to normal will be gradual.

"If we restart too quickly then all of that pain and suffering might have been in vain, but we certainly as a city we would take our cues from the province because they have the authority to remove or broaden the list of essential workers," he says.

"I would suggest to you is what you see, is how we got to where we are today, it wasn't a snap of the fingers and basically grocery stores and Walmart open, it was gradual getting us down."

Windsor declared of a state of emergency on March 20, after the province declared one on March 17th.

Since then, most businesses have been closed with the exception of grocery stores and pharmacies. Transit Windsor is also not running.

Based on COVID-19 modelling, the Ontario government says it appears the peak may be over, but there are still grave concerns about the spread of the virus in long-term care homes.