Queensland has banned cruise ships from its waterways until the pandemic is over.
On Friday, Queensland Health extended its ban on a foreign-flagged cruise ship from entering the state waters “until the end of the public health emergency” which is caused by coronavirus pandemic.
According to the report, The public health emergency was due to expire on August 17, but that date may be extended, depending on the level of pandemic
It became necessarily important after four of the six Queenslanders who have died after contracting novel coronavirus were cruise ship passengers.
Three of those deaths were linked to the infamous Ruby Princess cruise ship that was allowed to dock in Sydney.
Cruise lines have begun selling itineraries departing Brisbane from September and the city’s new multimillion-dollar cruise terminal is set to be completed next month.
The terminal is prepared to accept its first ship, the Carnival-owned Pacific Dawn, at 6 am on October 3 at Luggage Point.
That date may be pushed back if the public health emergency is extended.
The Australian Border Force has also issued a temporary ban on the arrival of ships, which expires on September 17.
The new terminal will accommodate some of the biggest cruise ships in the world including Royal Caribbean International’s 293-meter Radiance of the Seas.
About 150 ships visit Brisbane each year and the new terminal will have capacity to accommodate as many as 700.