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Canada extends cruise ship ban through February

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Though it has little practical effect outside the cruise season, the ban on cruise ships was extended through February by Transport Canada.

This applies to cruise ships with overnight accommodations carrying more than 100 people.

The current ban was set to expire Oct. 31.

No national ban for smaller ships

There is no national ban for smaller cruise ships certified to carry 100 or fewer passengers and crew. These and other passenger vessels must continue following provincial, territorial, local and regional health authority guidance.

However, in Arctic waters ... 

Passenger vessels carrying more than 12 people continue to be prohibited from entering Arctic coastal waters, including Nunatsiavut, Nunavik and the Labrador Coast.

Adventure-seeking pleasure craft also continue to be banned in Arctic waters.

'As Canadians are doing their part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government of Canada is working hard to ensure Canada’s transportation system remains safe,' Transport Minister Marc Garneau said. 'The extension of these temporary measures for cruise ships and other passenger vessels in Canada reflects our ongoing work with all levels of government, transportation industry stakeholders, and Indigenous peoples to help ensure appropriate measures are in place.'

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