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Canada extends cruise ban to February 28, 2021

OTTAWA – Considering the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it is having on the marine and tourism sectors, Transport Minister Marc Garneau today announced the extension of measures pertaining to cruise ships and pleasure craft until February 28, 2021.

 “The extension of these temporary measures for cruise ships and other passenger vessels in Canada reflects our ongoing work with all levels of government, transportation industry stakeholders, and Indigenous peoples to help ensure appropriate measures are in place,” Mr. Garneau said.

The previous measures had been extended in March to end October, with bans notably on large cruise vessels resulting in the virtual decimation of the 2020 season for a $4 billion industry in Canada. Hardest hit have been British Columbia, Quebec, the Great Lakes and the Atlantic provinces

Cruise ships with overnight accommodations carrying more than 100 people continue to be prohibited from operating in Canadian waters.

All other passenger vessels must continue following provincial, territorial, local and regional health authority guidance.

Passenger vessels carrying more than 12 people continue to be prohibited from entering Arctic coastal waters, including Nunatsiavut, Nunavik and the Labrador Coast.

Adventure-seeking pleasure craft also continue to be banned in Arctic waters.

Essential passenger vessels, such as ferries and water taxis, should continue following federal guidance and provincial, territorial, local and regional protocols, as well as mitigation measures, to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. These could include: reducing the number of passengers, ensuring physical distancing, the wearing of masks, as well as enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures. (Photo of Canada Place, Port of Vancouver)