Royal Canadian Navy cancels remainder of Great Lakes tour due to an outbreak of COVID-19

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Montreal/CMEDIA:  Royal Canadian Navy was reportedly forced to  cancel the remainder of a tour of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway due to an outbreak of COVID-19 aboard a Canadian warship.

An arctic offshore patrol ship, HMCS Harry DeWolf was in Montreal on Friday when the decision was made to close the vessel to visitors and shelve the tour.

The ship’s command team issued a statement on social media saying upcoming visits to Trois-Rivieres, Que., Quebec City and Saguenay, Que., had to be cancelled.

The ship, that can carry between 60 and 85 crew members, was expected to return to its home port in Halifax some time today.

“All preventative measures to limit the outbreak have been taken in accordance with MARLANT’s Prevention and Mitigation of Respiratory Illnesses-Fall/Winter 2023-24 Direction and in consultation with Health Services,” the navy said in an X post.

Earlier this month, the 103-metre ship, Royal Canadian Navy visited Toronto, Hamilton and Kingston, Ont.