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Not learning. Cruise co. ordered to stop operating after viral photo of crowded ship

PortandTerminal.com, July 28, 2020

Bay State Cruise Company has been hit with a cease and desist order after a photo showing passengers packed tightly together on one of the company’s ships in Boston Harbor

BOSTON – A cruise company has been ordered to stop operating after a photo showed crowds of people on a ship on Boston Harbor Saturday night went viral.

Photos and videos of the packed ferry show people standing shoulder-to shoulder on the Provincetown II on Saturday, which belongs to the Bay State Cruise Company.

The Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards issued a cease and desist to the company on Monday which has been under scrutiny after the photo was shared on social media.

Effective immediately, the company is not allowed to operate under the state’s COVID-19 orders, according to the order.

The company is no longer allowed to conduct music or group charters but can continue their ferry service to Provincetown.

In its own defense, the cruise company said there are signs posted throughout the boat telling passengers to socially distance, and that staff onboard make announcements and walk the deck reminding people.

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