The ship arrived on the north coast of Port Angeles, Washington on Tuesday as the United States continues to fight to contain the spread of COVID-19.
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In a statement, Transport Canada said that non-essential travel within the country “including travel by pleasure craft such as the Attessa IV” remains prohibited.
But Washington companies, a billionaire-owned commercial umbrella that includes Canada’s Seaspan, said the yacht was in the area for “necessary repairs” and had been authorized by the Canada Border Services Agency.
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“The crew members were tested before joining the ship,” said executive vice president Tim McHugh in an email.
“The entire crew was tested on June 19 and found to be in good health, and each was individually authorized by the CBSA to enter Canada with the ship to perform their duties during the repair period.”
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According to Dr. Bonnie Henry, a small number of Americans use the “Alaska loophole” to travel to British Columbia.
The Canada-US border remains closed to non-essential travel until July 21, while a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all newcomers to Canada is in place until the end of August.
The CBSA said it could not speak to specific cases, but stated that Canada exempts some quarantine workers “to ensure the continuity of essential infrastructure, essential services and economic supply chains,” as firefighters and medical workers.
“This exemption applies to asymptomatic persons in the trade and transport sector who are important for the movement of goods and people, including truck drivers and crew on board any aircraft, train or sea vessel, who cross the border in the exercise of their functions or for the purpose of in the exercise of their functions, “the agency said.
Those covered by the exemption must wear a mask on their way to their destination and must isolate themselves when they are not performing their duties, said the CBSA.
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