Municipality Closing Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Posted on Sunday March 15, 2020


This communication is being provided as an effort to address the concerns of the community with respect to the potential impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Municipality of Leamington operations and facilities.

On Saturday, March 14, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) provided a detailed update for Windsor-Essex County. Given the continuously changing public health environment, and based on best advice from medical officials, the Municipality of Leamington is expanding Coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions with the following service-level changes:

  • The Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex (LKRC) will close effective Sunday, March 15 at 6:00 PM.  All recreation programming including March Break Day Camp has been cancelled indefinitely.
  • These closures will remain in effect at least until Monday, April 6 to remain consistent with Ontario Ministry of Education’s school closures.
  • The only municipal facility that will remain open to the public is the Leamington Municipal Building located at 111 Erie Street North, Leamington.
  • To the greatest extent possible, municipal staff who would regularly support the maintenance and operations of the LKRC other than recreation programming, will continue to attend the LKRC as scheduled and may be redeployed to increase cleaning of the facility and the Leamington Municipal Building, which will remain open.

As indicated by the WECHU, Windsor-Essex County still does not have any confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and as such, these additional steps are being undertaken out of an abundance of caution to help mitigate the risk of transmission within our community. The WECHU will continue to update the public in the days and weeks ahead; however, as of Sunday, March 15 at 11:15 AM, the overall risk is low for residents.

It is important to note that within the last 48 hours, Health Canada has updated the travel advisory to all foreign countries as a Level 3 risk, including the United States of America. Given the high number of residents that cross the border for tourism, the screening process has become more onerous for all municipalities in Windsor-Essex County.

As the situation evolves, further measures will be implemented and communicated to residents if necessary.

The health and safety of our residents, staff and visitors continues to be our highest priority, and we will continue to monitor the situation and consult with the WECHU going forward.

LKRC Membership and Program Accommodation

Prorated refunds will be provided to those who have already registered for cancelled programs. Further information will be provided on how refunds will be processed.
Active membership holders will have their memberships extended equal to the length of time the LKRC is closed.  

During this closure, LTW Transit passes can be purchased at the Leamington Municipal Building located at 111 Erie Street North, Leamington.

Community Preparedness – What Every Resident Can Do

  • For more information on the Coronavirus, its potential impact on the community and tips on how best to protect yourself in your daily activities, please visit the WECHU special web page: Novel Coronavirus (2019).  Along with the preventative information provided by the WECHU, the Municipality of Leamington would also like to advise residents, if you are sick, please stay home.


Media Contact:

Kelly Sfetkidis, Manager of Communications and Public Relations
Municipality of Leamington
519-326-5761 ext. 1117

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