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In its efforts to alleviate the transmission of Covid-19, Canada’s Minister of Transportation Omar Alghabra, announced on Thursday that they will extend bans on cruise ships until March 1, 2022.
Pleasure vessels carrying more than 100 passengers will not be allowed to sail Canadian seas while ships that carry 12 people are banned from entering Arctic coastal waters.
Although some of the cruising companies understand the measures being taken by the Canadian government, they are still hopeful that the ban will be lifted once the pandemic conditions improve.
Canada bans cruises until 2022 in latest blow to industry paralyzed by COVID-19
The announcement by the country’s transportation ministry is a blow to the already beleaguered cruise industry which has been paralyzed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 outbreaks.
Miami Herald disclosed that in addition to banning cruises for the next year, the Canadian ministry warned citizens not to take cruises outside the country’s waters either.
The ban will eliminate cruises to Alaska, which stop in Canadian ports to comply with U.S. shipping laws.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifted its ban on cruises in October and replaced it with a long list of conditions cruise companies must meet in order to resume passenger operations. However, Michael Rubin, Florida Ports Council vice president of governmental affairs, told members of the Florida Senate Transportation Committee that it could take companies more than a year to comply.
Canada bans cruise ships into 2022 as COVID-19 pandemic continues
No cruise ships will be able to sail in Canada until March 1, 2022.
Canada once again extended its ban on cruises – pushing back the possibility for large passenger vessels to sail in Canadian waters by an additional year after shutting them out last year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The order pertains to cruise ships carrying more than 100 people. Passenger vessels carrying more than 12 people are banned from entering Arctic coastal waters, including the Labrador Coast, Nunatsiavut and Nunavik, according to a news release from the Canadian government.