The federal government says a ban on cruise ships in Canadian waters will stay in place for one more year.
The ban until Feb. 28, 2022 applies to cruise ships carrying more than 100 people as well as pleasure crafts operating in the Arctic, except for those used by residents in the region.
The ban was originally put in place last year was to expire at the end of February.
We respect the direction by @Transport_GC to extend the suspension of cruise vessels in Canadian waters to February 2022. When the time is right, the #PortofToronto will be ready to once again welcome #GreatLakes cruise ship visitors to Toronto. @OmarAlghabra #cdnpoli
— PortsToronto (@PortsToronto) February 4, 2021
A news release from Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the ban in necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect vulnerable communities.
He also says it will allow public health authorities to focus on pressing issues, like the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and new variants of the virus.
The release also urges Canadians to avoid travel on cruise ships elsewhere.