Nova Scotia cancels Yarmouth-Maine ferry service for 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns

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Premier Stephen McNeil says he hopes the service will resume next year, but he made it clear that it would be unsafe to do so this year

The money-losing service, operated by Charlottetown-based Bay Ferries Ltd., had said in February that crossings were expected to start by June 26.The company operates The Cat, a high-speed catamaran ferry that was to sail between Yarmouth, N.S., and Bar Harbor, Maine, where the company had spent more than $8-million renovating the ferry terminal.

Bay Ferries CEO Mark MacDonald had said crossings would be offered six days a week – every day but Wednesdays – until the season ended on Oct. 13. MacDonald issued a statement Friday saying the decision to cancel the season was difficult but obvious, given that international, non-essential travel worldwide has come to a standstill.

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