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Friday, March 20, 2020 | 7:00 p.m. | Windsor-Essex County

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit continues to work with the Ministry of Health, local health care providers, and municipal partners to monitor and coordinate the response to COVID-19 as the situation evolves in the province and the community. Protecting the health and wellbeing of the residents of Windsor and Essex County remains our top priority.

What is happening locally?

Today Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health for Windsor-Essex is strengthening his recommendations for emergency closures under the Health Promotion and Protection Act. This week the WECHU has fielded hundreds of calls, emails and concerns from the public related to various businesses open to the public. As such, the Medical Officer of Health strongly recommends that the following non-essential facilities close immediately. These recommendations will be followed by an official order on Monday, March 23rd:

  • Retail stores including those that sell clothing and apparel, books, home décor
  • Personal Service Settings including hair salons, day spas, tattoo parlours, nail salons

 “In order to strengthen the measures that are put in place to reinforce social distancing and limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we must act together and close these non-essential stores and businesses until April 5th, 2020,” says Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health.

The WECHU encourages the public to follow credible sources for information about COVID-19. The WECHU monitors and updates our website daily. For up to date facts visit

Individuals who suspect they have COVID-19 can consult the COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool on the Ontario Government site. Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

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