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COVID-19 ban on cruise ships in Canadian waters extended to 2022

Last Updated Feb 4, 2021 at 4:14 pm EST

FILE - In this March 31, 2020, file photo, cruise ships are docked at PortMiami in Miami. The cruise industry hopes to set sail later this summer. But with images of coronavirus-ravaged ships still fresh in many minds, there could be years of choppy water ahead. The global cruise industry expected to carry 32 million passengers and take in $71 billion in revenue this year. That will fall by at least 50% this year, says Euromonitor International, a consulting firm. Euromonitor .(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

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.

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.