What’s open and closed in Windsor this New Years weekend

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The City of Windsor is closing its administrative offices for a few days during the holiday season.

However, as New Year’s Day falls on a weekend, some office closures will come after the fact.

City office closures

All administrative offices in the city, including the 311 customer contact center and municipal parking ticket payment offices, will be closed on January 3.

311 services will still be available online or through the Windsor 311 mobile app, and parking tickets can be paid for online, via the E-services tab of the city’s website.

The 211 call center will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the holidays, the city said in a press release.

Transit

Transit Windsor will operate on an adjusted schedule during the holidays and details can be found at agency vacation service website.

Transit Windsor customer service on Chatham Street West will be open at the following times:

  • Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (except as noted below).
  • December 31: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • January 1: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Windsor Transit operates Sunday New Years Day. (Dal Molnar)

Windsor Public Library

All library locations will operate on a reduced schedule during the holidays.

Windsor Public Library holiday hours are as follows:

  • Dec 31 : All locations are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • January 1: all branches closed.

All library branches will reopen during regular hours on January 2, the city said.

Garbage and recycling

Garbage and recycling collection will continue as normal during the holidays, and Christmas tree and yard waste collection will take place the week of January 10; more information can be found on collection schedules.

The public waste dump and household chemicals depots at the corner of Central Avenue and North Service Road are closed to the public on January 1, in addition to their usual Sunday closings.

Windsor Museum

The Chimczuk museum and the François Baby house will operate during reduced holiday hours.

Chimczuk Museum:

  • Dec 31 : Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • January 1: Closed.
  • Normal hours resume on January 2.

François Baby House:

  • Dec 31 : Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • January 1 to 3: Closed.
  • Normal hours resume on January 4.

COVID-19 restrictions continue

The holiday service changes are in addition to the ongoing reduced service levels caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the city said.

These reduced service levels mean that all community and customer service centers remain temporarily closed until further notice, with the exception of previously scheduled rentals and vacation programs.

Winter programming will begin on January 10 in certain facilities; more details and registration information, to find on the city website.

COVID-19 tests, vaccines

Anyone needing a COVID-19 test while on vacation will have a few options.

Windsor Regional Hospital said its COVID-19 assessment center for the general public will be available by appointment.

The Windsor Mass Vaccination Site is located in the former Sears Space at Devonshire Mall. (Elvis Nouemsi Njike / Radio-Canada)

The hospital’s youth clinic will also be open during the holidays. Appointment can be done online.

The Erie Shores HealthCare Assessment Center will also be offer tests during the holidays, by appointment.

Tests will also be offered for asymptomatic people in pharmacies, and the Indigenous Health Access Center of Southwestern Ontario will be providing testing for First Nations, Métis and Inuit, and their families, in Windsor.

More information on the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit vaccination clinics to find on the agency’s website.

Skating rinks and arenas

Weather permitting, the outdoor rink at Lanspeary Lions Park is scheduled to have one hour of public skating on Jan. 2 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

In order to skate, people are asked to make a reservation, due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions.

The Forest Glade and Adie Knox Herman indoor arenas will have limited availability from December 31st and will be closed on January 1st.

And while the ice surfaces of the WFCU and the Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex will remain open for most of the holidays, there will be a few changes:

  • Both facilities will close at 2 p.m. on December 31.
  • Both will also be closed on January 1.

The Windsor International Aquatic and Training Center will be open during regular hours for those with reservations.

The exceptions are December 31, when the establishment will close at 3 p.m.

The center will be closed all day on January 1.

Windsor’s Adventure Bay Family Water Park and Cannon Cove are closed until further notice due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Shopping centers

Windsor’s Tecumseh and Devonshire shopping centers will also have their opening hours revised during the holidays.

Tecumseh Shopping Center:

  • Dec 31 : 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • January 1: Closed.

Devonshire Shopping Center:

  • Dec 31 : 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • January 1: Closed.



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