November 5, 2020
For Immediate Release
CRUISE LINES RESPOND TO EXTENSION OF CANADIAN CRUISE RESTRICTIONS AND VOLUNTARY SUSPENSION OF U.S. OPERATIONS
VANCOUVER – Transport Canada, on behalf of the Government of Canada, announced on October 29th an extension of restrictions on cruise ships through February 2021.
“We understand and appreciate the careful approach that Transport Canada and the federal government have taken in response to these unprecedented circumstances,” Barry Penner, legal advisor to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – Northwest & Canada stated. “Although we are disappointed at the length of the restrictions, our top priority remains the health and safety of passengers, crew members and the communities we visit.”
Penner notes that all CLIA members have agreed to adopt a comprehensive set of protocols and procedures to support a responsible resumption of sailing based on the input and recommendations of leading experts in health and science, including 100% testing of passengers and crew prior to boarding with a requirement for a negative test—a travel industry first.
These measures mirror those that have supported the gradual resumption of cruising in Europe and other parts of the world following the approval of local and regional authorities. With the continued guidance of health officials and outside experts, CLIA looks forward to working with our partners and regulators in Canada toward the return of cruise operations.
On October 30, 2020 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) announced the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order, which establishes a pathway for cruise lines to return to service in the United States. As cruise lines prepare to operationalize the requirements of the new Order, CLIA members have made the difficult decision to extend the current voluntary suspension of operations in the U.S. through at least the end of December and will evaluate over the next 30 days whether to extend the suspension further.
Cruise Lines International Association – North West & Canada (CLIA-NWC) is a non-profit association representing the major cruise lines that operate in Canada and the Pacific Northwest, including Washington State, Alaska and Hawaii. CLIA-NWC is one of fifteen offices around the world that are part of Cruise Lines International Association – the world’s largest cruise industry association, which supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment.
The cruise industry in Canada generated more than $4 billion in total economic activity and approximately 30,000 jobs in 2019, the season before COVID-19 disrupted the global economy. The halt to this year’s cruise season was most acutely felt in coastal communities in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and British Columbia.
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