The Canadian government has announced that large cruise ships will not be allowed until at least the end of February, 2021.
Transport Minister, Marc Garneau made the announcement from his Twitter account on Thursday October 29th.
“Our Govt is announcing an extension of the measures regarding cruise ships & pleasure crafts in Canada until February 28, 2021,” the post read.
Garneau said that keeping Canadians and transportation workers safe during the pandemic was his top priority.
Keeping Canadians and transportation workers safe during the pandemic is my top priority. With this in mind, our Govt is announcing an extension of the measures regarding cruise ships & pleasure crafts in Canada until February 28, 2021. More details➡️https://t.co/vzz0WmUECN— Marc Garneau (@MarcGarneau) October 29, 2020
The Canadian government first banned cruise ships carrying 500 people back in March when the pandemic first began.
By May, the government decided to extend the ban until the end of October and tightened restrictions prohibiting all cruise ships that had 100 or more overnight sleeping quarters.
There is also a ban on all passenger ships in the arctic with 12 or more passengers onboard.
All cruise ships had voluntarily suspended global operations in the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now with more than 10 cruise lines having resumed operations, the Canadian government made the move to extend the cruise ship ban until at least February 28th, 2021.
The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) voluntarily had suspended cruising for all of its members up until October 31st, 2020. The CLIA members represent more than 95 percent of global cruise capacity.
Currently, the Center for Disease Control also has a ‘no sail order‘ in place for all large cruise ships in U.S. waters that is set to expire October 31st.
CDC Director Robert Redfield wanted the no-sail order extended through February 2021 but was reportedly overruled by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reported Axios late last month.
The latest CDC warning that was updated on October 21st reads ‘CDC recommends that travelers defer all cruise travel worldwide’, and that passengers on cruise ships ‘are at increased risk of person-to-person spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, and outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on several cruise ships.’
Large cruise ships are now gathering in the Caribbean in what appears to be an optimistic sign for the U.S. cruise industry going into the busy holiday season.
Carnival Cruises has began staffing its first cruise ships as crew have began traveling to join the Carnival Horizon, Pride, and Mardi Gras in St. Maarten.
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