Ottawa on Friday announced a ban on all large cruise ships operating in Canadian waters until Oct. 31, a move first reported by the Star on Thursday.
“We are all in this together,” federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said in a statement released Friday. “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,” he said.
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“This is unprecedented … it essentially closes the cruising season for 2020,” Stephen Burnett, executive director of the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition, told the Star ahead of the official announcement.
Cruise ships with overnight accommodations allowed to carry more than 100 persons are prohibited, according to Transport Canada. And as of July 1, “all other passenger vessels must follow provincial, territorial, local and regional health authority requirements for timelines and processes to resume operations.