PortandTerminal.com, March 13, 2020
UPDATED: The start of the cruise ship season across Canada, from April 2 to July 1. The delay applies to cruise ships capable of carrying more than 500 passengers and crew members.
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – Senior government and health officials in Nova Scotia, Canada have just announced that they are “working with the federal government to delay the start of the (cruise) season” in Halifax.
In doing so, they join ports and cruise lines around the world who are shutting their operations down to try and limit the spread of coronavirus.
With Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau in quarantine after his wife Sophie was confirmed positive for coronavirus last night, it is hard to imagine any resistance at the Federal level to delay the cruise season.
Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam has already warned Canadians a few days ago in no uncertain terms to “avoid all cruise trip travel due to COVID-19”.
Up until today’s announcement it has been unclear what the Nova Scotia would do about the fast-approaching start of the cruise season at the Port of Halifax.
Halifax was expecting its first port call on April 11th when Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Norwegian Star” was due to arrive at the Port of Halifax from New York City.
The only question was what to do about the hundreds of ships and thousands of passengers due to start calling on the Port of Halifax this season.
That question has now been answered. Expect a delay. The next question is what kind of support local tourism reliant businesses in Halifax can hope for after this crushing blow.
Nova Scotia, a province on Canada’s Atlantic coast with a population of less than a million people relies heavily on tourism and its fisheries. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, both of those industries are in free-fall.
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