The Government of Canada is continuing to monitor the pandemic’s impacts on the marine and tourism sector and has extended the country’s large cruise ship ban into the fall.
Canada’s Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, announced updated measures pertaining to cruise ships and passenger vessels in Canadian waters.
Cruise ships with overnight accommodations that have the capacity to carry more than 100 people are prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until October 31, 2020.
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As of July 1, according to the press release, all other passenger vessels in Canada must follow provincial, territorial, local, and regional health authority guidelines and processes if they wish to continue operations. Passenger vessels with the capacity to carry more than 12 people continue to be prohibited from entering Arctic coastal waters (including Nunatsiavut, Nunavik, and the Labrador Coast) until Halloween 2020.
Essential passenger vessels (ferries and water taxis) should continue to operate using “mitigation measures,” according to Transports Canada.
Measures include reducing the number of passengers per trip or using alternative practices such as keeping people inside their vehicles during transport, and enhanced cleaning and hygienic measures.
“Our government continues to work with other levels of government, transportation industry stakeholders, and Indigenous peoples to re-examine measures and to ensure Canada’s transportation system remains safe and secure during this time,” says Garneau. “We are all in this together.”
Those who do not comply with the prohibitions could be subject to a penalty of $5,000 per day for an individual and $25,000 per day for a corporation.