OTTAWA— The particular cruise-ship season in Canada is all but sunk as Ottawa extends the ban on large boats in Canadian waters till the end of October so that they can contain COVID-19 .

Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Thursday passenger boats with overnight accommodations to get more than 100 people— which includes both passengers and crew— can’ t operate within Canadian waters until a minimum of Oct. 31.

The move extends plus expands an order released in mid-March that banned ships with more than 500 people from Canadian waters till July.

Boats with more than 12 passengers can’ t go to the Arctic till at least Oct. 31, with regard to fear that one might have COVID-19 to a remote north community.

Besides that, after July 1, provincial and regional health authorities will decide when and where smaller sized vessels can operate.

“ Keeping Canadians and transportation workers secure continues to be my top priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ” Garneau said.

Garneau said he also knows this will create a significant financial hardship for Canada’ t tourism industry. He pointed out the federal tourism section is working on a plan to assist.

Last year a hundred and forty cruise liners brought over 2 million visitors to Canadian ports. A 2016 research found the cruise business was large and developing, contributing more than $3 billion dollars to Canada’ s economic climate, including nearly $1. four billion in direct investing by cruise lines and their particular passengers. More than 23, 500 Canadians were directly or even indirectly employed because of cruise liners.

British Columbia, Quebec, and the Atlantic provinces benefit the most.

However cruise ships were among the first- and worst-hit areas from COVID-19 with countless passengers falling ill upon ships as they sailed in a variety of parts of the world. Transport North america monitored hundreds of ships along with Canadians on board as they fought outbreaks, or weren’ big t allowed to dock in prepared ports as countries shut to foreign tourists to maintain COVID-19 out.

Several hundred Canadians had been flown back to Canada plus quarantined in Trenton, Ont., and Cornwall, Ont. right after disembarking ships with breakouts on them that docked within Japan and California. A minimum of a dozen passengers from the Great Princess cruise ship were identified as having COVID-19 after being quarantined in Trenton. One Canadian passenger who had been on board the particular Diamond Princess died within Japan in March right after being hospitalized with COVID-19.