Canada extends cruise ship ban to end of OctoberChristian Fernsby ▼ | May 30, 2020
Canada has decided to extend its ban on the operation of cruise ships in Canadian waters to protect coastal communities as the coronavirus pandemic is unabated, Canadian transport ministry announced Friday.
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As of July 1, 2020, all other passenger vessels must follow provincial, territorial, local and regional health authority requirements for timelines and processes to resume operations.
Passenger vessels with the capacity to carry more than 12 persons continue to be prohibited from entering Arctic coastal waters, including Nunatsiavut, Nunavik and the Labrador Coast until Oct. 31, 2020.
Beginning July 1, 2020, passenger vessels will be allowed to operate in inland rivers and lakes in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon in the country.
Essential passenger vessels, such as ferries and water taxis, should continue to operate using mitigation measures. These could include reducing the number of passengers or using alternative practices such as keeping people in their vehicles, when safe to do so, or enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Those who do not comply with the prohibitions could be subject to a penalty of 5,000 Canadian dollars (about 3,600 U.S. dollars) per day for an individual and 25,000 Canadian dollars (18,000 U.S. dollars) per day for a corporation.
In March, the ministry announced a ban on cruise ships carrying more than 500 passengers until July 1. ■