Canada Canada's ban on big cruise ships extended until February
Canadian Civil Liberties Association appealing decision upholding N.L. travel ban
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is appealing a Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador decision upholding restrictions banning most travel from other provinces because of the COVID-19 pandemic introduced by the Newfoundland and Labrador government this spring. Cara Zwibel, director of the CCLA’s fundamental freedoms program, says the appeal was filed Monday after a careful review of the decision showed there were questions about the court’s ruling that though the restrictions violated mobility rights, the violation was justified.
OTTAWA — Transport Minister Marc Garneau says big cruise ships will be banned from Canadian waters at least until the end of February now.
The same extension is being applied to the ban on smaller vessels carrying 12 or more passengers in Arctic coastal waters.
Cruise ships were early hot spots for COVID-19 with hundreds of passengers falling ill and ships being stranded at sea as multiple countries began refusing them in ports.
Canada banned cruise ships with overnight accommodation for at least 500 passengers in mid-March.
In May, it extended the ban until the end of October and increased it to include all ships with 100 or more overnight passenger spaces.
Most cruise lines stopped sailing entirely in the spring, but several have now resumed operations or plan to before the end of the year.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 29, 2020.
Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press
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