Published on : Saturday, May 30, 2020
Canadian authorities recently announced that they have decided to cancel the remainder of the 2020 cruise season in Canadian waters in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Authorities have established a complete ban over any ships with overnight accommodations that are allowed to carry more than 100 persons from operating in Canadian waters until October 31, 2020. Honorable Marc Garneau, the Minister of Transport, Canada officially declared the order.
The latest move cancels the entire Alaska season except for U.S.-flagged vessels. It will even prevent the late summer and early autumn fall foliage sailings in Canada and New England as well as impact expedition operators in the Arctic. Minister Marc Garneau said in a statement that the government is committed to protecting the Canadians especially during the trying times caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
He mentioned that the updated measures include prohibiting larger cruise ships from operating in Canadian waters alongside all general cruise ships and other passenger vessels through October 31, 2020. He shared that the Canadian government will continue to work with other levels of government, transportation industry stakeholders, and indigenous individuals to re-examine measures. They will also work towards ensuring that Canada’s transportation system remains safe and secure during the global crisis.
The government has also mentioned that it is essential for all other passenger vessels to follow provincial, territorial, local and regional health authority requirements for timelines and processes to resume operations as of July 1. However, all passenger vessels will be allowed to operate in inland rivers and lakes in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon from the same date. But passenger vessels with the capacity to carry more than 12 persons will continue to be prohibited from entering Arctic coastal waters including Nunatsiavut, Nunavik, and the Labrador Coast until October 31, 2020.