Cruise Ships Are Banned From Canadian Waters Until At Least Halloween
No sailing for a while.
Nobody will be allowed to cruise through Canadian waters on big ships until at least the fall. New measures have been put in place to protect the country. Cruise ships in Canada are banned from sailing here until October 31.
Canada's Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced the updated measures surrounding ships sailing in Canadian waters on May 29.
Cruise ships that have overnight accommodations that can carry more than 100 people are now prohibited from being in Canadian waters until October 31.
Passenger vessels that can carry more than 12 people are also banned from entering Arctic coastal waters until that date as well.
Garneau said that this will help "ensure Canada's transportation system remains safe and secure during this time."
There are steep penalties for those who don't follow those orders.
Non-compliance with the bans could result in a fine of $25,000 per day for a corporation and $5,000 per day for an individual.
During a press conference on May 29, Justin Trudeau also addressed the ban on cruise ships.
He noted that this is an extension of a ban put in place back in March to protect Canada's coastal communities.
"COVID-19 is still a serious threat," he said.
Essential passenger vessels like ferries or water taxis should continue to operate with measures in place.
That would include reducing the number of passengers and enhanced cleaning to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Garneau also noted that as of July 1, all other passenger vessels have to follow provincial, territorial, local and regional health requirements when it comes to resuming operations.
The restrictions in place on sailing in the arctic don't apply to vessels used by local communities or ones for essential transportation, fishing, harvesting and hunting.
Trudeau had said earlier in the pandemic that the cruise season would be suspended until July.
Boats and cruise ships carrying more than 500 people were originally banned from docking at Canadian ports until then.
That will go on for even longer now.