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Windsor mayor apologizes for breaking COVID-19 rules when dining out with 7 people

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens alongside Premier Doug Ford in Windsor on Thursday, August 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke

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.

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The yellow tier permits only six people to dine together while inside a restaurant.

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Dilkens notes 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.

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

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