The move to Stage 3 of Ontario’s reopening means good news if you want to cruise.
Tour boat operators can soon welcome more people aboard for sightseeing cruises.
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“We were very happy to hear the announcement today Premier Ford is going to allow many businesses to open this Friday and we will be one of them,” said Kathleen Allen, president and general manager of Rockport Boat Line in Rockport, Ont.
“Our boat tours will be operating as of this Friday.
The boat line has a fleet of four but only one that’ll be used. Allen says it’ll be limited capacity, but at least they’re finally open.
“We’re still happy with being able to carry up to 50 passengers, that’s a lot less then what we would normally carry,” Allen said. “Our boat has the capacity of 275, so it’s quite a few less but we’re still happy to at least be opening.”
Allen says they’re ready to go with all safety protocols in place. She also says they’re pleased to be able to help the local economy.
“I believe it’s going to be a great start to the recovery phase, especially for a small community like this,” Allen said. “We really rely on tourism and we employ a lot of people every season so I think it’s going to be a big relief to be able to hire back some of those people and get part of our season underway.”
In Stage 3, gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people when indoors and a maximum of 100 outdoors.
The government said individuals will still be required to maintain physical distancing with people from outside of their social circle, which remains capped at 10 people.
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