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Canada Bans All Non-Essential Passenger Cruises Until The End Of October
Canada’s federal government has announced the banning of medium and large-sized cruise ships until October 31st.
Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport says in a statement, “Our Government is committed to protecting Canadians, particularly during these challenging times. Our Government continues to work with other levels of government, transportation industry stakeholders, and Indigenous peoples to re-examine measures and to ensure Canada’s transportation system remains safe and secure during this time. We are all in this together.”
On Friday, Transport Canada stated that the ban includes shops in Canadian waters that transport over 100 travelers and offers overnight accommodations.
According to Travel + Leisure, “passenger ships carrying more than 12 people are banned from entering Arctic coastal waters like the Labrador Coast.”
Since COVID-19 is still a threat, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau extended the ban to ensure the safety of Canadians.
Although leisure ships are banned, essential passenger ferries and water taxis will be allowed to continue operation as long as necessary safety and health precautions are implemented.
The decision to extend the ban comes after cruise lines announcements to resume cruising in parts of North America this summer.