Canada Bans Cruises With Over 500 People

March 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

As a response to Covid-19, the Canadian Government said they will “defer the start of the cruise ship season” in Canada, effectively banning all cruise ships with more than 500 passengers and crew.

The Canadian Government’s website said, “As a response to COVID-19, the Government of Canada will defer the start of the cruise ship season in Canada, from April 2, 2020, to July 1, 2020, at the earliest. This deferral will apply to cruise ships capable of carrying more than 500 passengers and crew members.

“Given the limited public health capacity in Canada’s Northern communities, the cruise ship season for vessels with Canadian Arctic stops will be deferred for the entire season this year. This would apply to cruise ships of all sizes.

“While this measure does not apply to ferries or smaller vessels at this time, the Government of Canada is also developing an approach to ensure health measures are strengthened in all passenger vessels across Canada.”

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