Windsor mayor apologizes for breaking COVID-19 rules when dining out

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WINDSOR, Ont. — The mayor of Windsor, Ont., has apologized for breaking COVID-19 rules when dining out with seven other people last week. 

Mayor Drew Dilkens made a statement to Windsor city council on Monday, saying he made an "unfortunate error" that should not have occurred.

Windsor was in the yellow tier of Ontario's COVID-19 restrictions system last week. That tier permits only six people to dine together while inside a restaurant. 

“As mayor, there is responsibility for me to lead by example and showcase to all in our region that we need to follow all restrictions and guidelines to the letter," Dilkens said. 

Dilkens noted to city council that although he was not fined or issued a bylaw ticket, he will donate $750 –  the typical fine for such an infraction – to the Windsor Goodfellows.

The Windsor Goodfellows provides local families with assistance and support, including through a food bank, school breakfast programs, and a children’s footwear program.

Dilkens also said that Gordon Orr, the chief executive officer of Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, will be making an equivalent donation to an organization that works with children and youth facing mental health concerns. 

Windsor-Essex Region moved to the heightened orange zone of Ontario's COVID-19 restriction system on Monday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 24, 2020.

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