Canada has banned cruises through October to quell spread of coronavirus

Morgan Hines
Canada offers families an easy introduction to international travel, with the beauty of Vancouver on the West Coast, and the French influences in Montreal in the east.

Canada has banned cruises and ferries carrying more than 100 people with overnight capacity from operating in its waters.

“Our Government is committed to protecting Canadians, particularly during these challenging times," Marc Garneau, Canada's transport minister, said in a statement Friday. "It is for that reason I am announcing updated measures for cruise ships and other passenger vessels in Canada, which includes prohibiting larger cruise ships from operating in Canadian waters until Oct. 31, 2020."

The original ban, issued in March, stated that ships with more than 500 people aboard could not dock in the country until July 1, according to CTV News. Garneau's updated measures extend and tighten that ban.

Starting July 1, it will be up to local authorities to set their own regulations on other passenger vehicles carrying under 100 people, according to the statement.

Upwards of 90,000 people have been infected with coronavirus and nearly 7,000 have died in Canada, according to Johns Hopkins data.

While Canada's ban on cruising has been pushed into the fall, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's no-sail order is set to expire on July 24, with major cruise companies, including Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Disney, pushing their sailing suspensions just past that date.

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