New measures, additional health guidelines announced for ferry operators

New measures, additional health guidelines announced for ferry operators
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Ferry passengers displaying COVID-19 symptoms could be denied boarding.

The federal government has announced additional health guidelines for ferries and commercial passenger vessels in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

As a result of the new health guidelines, ferry operators are permitted to conduct health checks on passengers if the voyage is longer than 30 minutes. Operators can also deny boarding to anyone that displays symptoms of the coronavirus.

“The vessel operator should refuse to board the person for travel for a period of 14 days or until a medical certificate is presented that confirms that the symptoms that the person is exhibiting are not related to the COVID-19 virus,” according to Transport Canada’s website.

Additionally, the federal government also announced new measures for ferries and commercial passenger vessels.

Starting April 6, all ferries and “essential passenger vessels” must reduce the maximum number of passengers that can be onboard by 50 per cent. Operators are also expected to implement “alternative” methods to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, commercial vessels and ferries that can handle more than 12 passengers will no longer be allowed to engage in “non-essential activities, such as tourism or recreation.” That measure will be in place until June 30.

The government has also banned cruise ships from sailing through Arctic waters until October 30.

“These new measures will help reduce the spread of COVID-19, while continuing to support the continued movement of goods through the supply chain, and ensuring Canadians can access their homes, jobs, and essential services in a safe manner,” Marc Garneau, minister of transportation, said in a press release.

More to come.


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