By Paul Vieira


OTTAWA--Canada on Thursday said it would rescind its ban on cruise ships operating in Canadian waters, effective Nov. 1, as long as cruise operators adhere to the country's public-health conditions.

The ban on cruise ships in Canadian waters wasn't supposed to expire until February of next year.

"As the outlook of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to improve, Canada looks forward to having a cruising season in 2022," the Canadian government said in a statement.

The seven-day average of new, confirmed Covid-19 cases in Canada has plummeted over 90% after reaching a mid-April peak during a third wave of infections. Furthermore, Canada's vaccination rollout moved into a higher gear starting in June, and the country now leads the developed world in partially vaccinated citizens, and is nearly on par with the U.S. in terms of the share of the population fully vaccinated, according to the University of Oxford's Our World in Data.


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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

July 15, 2021 14:37 ET (18:37 GMT)

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