Windsor/Essex – Working collaboratively with the Windsor-Essex community to slow the spread of COVID-19, and in accordance with local, Provincial and Federal directions, Essex Region Conservation announces the following updates to our programs and facilities:
- All programming will be cancelled until July 1, 2020. This includes public and private school programming, festivals and events, and workshops.
- Holiday Beach Conservation Area will open to registered seasonal campers on Friday, May 29, 2020. In keeping with Provincial direction, access will be for campers to begin preparing for the coming season. This includes trailer inspections, conducting repairs and cleaning, and set up (if the trailer is not already in the park). Operational procedures are being refined and will be communicated to seasonal campers to ensure the continued safety of our guests and staff.
- Cottage rental at Holiday Beach remains suspended, in accordance with the Province of Ontario’s extended State of Emergency.
- The roads at Holiday Beach Conservation Area remain closed to vehicles until May 29, 2020. Until that time, visitors may park outside of the gates and walk in the park, observing proper physical distancing protocols of remaining at least 2 metres from any other visitor who is not part of your household.
- Washroom facilities will remain closed at all Conservation Areas.
- June waterfowl and deer hunting draws may be postponed due to ongoing provincial regulations.
- The John R. Park Homestead museum, visitor centre and gift shop will remain closed.
- Due to overcrowding concerns and the resulting inability to maintain physical distancing, Hillman Marsh and Kopegaron Woods Conservation Areas will be closed until May 31. Provincial Offences Officers will be monitoring these sites and violators may be fined.
- Outdoor conservation areas and trails will continue to be open from dawn to dusk for passive use. Visitors must adhere to physical distancing protocols as explained above. Conservation area usage is monitored to ensure these guidelines are being followed so that we can safely continue to offer these important natural areas for physical and mental health. However, if overcrowding or becomes an issue, Conservation Areas may be required to close.
- All essential services including our Flood Forecasting and Warning remain active.
- Our permitting, planning and regulatory responsibilities continue. Applications for permit can be made online at https://essexregionconservation.ca/planning-and-permits/.
- Staff are working from home, and will continue to review applications, issue permits, and conduct other important conservation work as efficiently as possible, under modified working conditions.
- ERCA offices at 360 Fairview Avenue West will continue modified operations. Inquiries can be made over the phone and by email. However, we will be closed to walk-in visits until further notice.
Essex Region Conservation thanks the leadership of our local communities, and extends our sincerest appreciation to all who are working to keep our region’s citizens safe, supplied and protected.
Since 1973, Essex Region Conservation has been enriching and sustaining our region as the Place for Life.