Coronavirus: Cruise season should be delayed, says B.C.’s top doctor

B.C.’s top doctor says she wants to see the province delay the launch of its cruise season, and that talks about the possibility are already underway.

“It’s just an environment where people cannot separate from each other sufficiently to prevent transmission of respiratory viruses,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry Monday.

“So it is really taking a chance on on your health at the moment.”

Henry said she had given her advice to federal officials who have jurisdiction on the matter, where it is being “actively discussed,” and that she anticipated a decision on the matter in the coming days.

Transport Canada confirmed it is in talks with Health Canada about how to handle the situation.

“The Government of Canada is looking at all available options for the upcoming cruise ship season, and will not hesitate to take necessary measures to protect Canadians,” said the agency in a statement.

Earlier Monday, the federal government issued a formal advisory against boarding cruise ships.

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