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Covid 19 coronavirus: Canadian navy crew allowed shore leave without MIQ


The Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Calgary. Photo / Supplied


Questions are being requested about why greater than 250 Canadian sailors will probably be allowed shore leave from their navy frigate without having to undergo managed isolation.

The Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Calgary will go to Auckland in early August, within the first go to by a international army ship for the reason that begin of the Covid-19 pandemic final yr.

The Defence Force stated virtually all of the personnel on board had been vaccinated and by the point they reached New Zealand would have been at sea for 17 days – three days longer than the 14-day isolation interval required by the New Zealand authorities.

The crew wouldn’t have the ability to disembark till they’ve all returned adverse Covid-19 checks and had been symptom-free for 14 days.

Navy chief of employees Captain Shane Arndell stated the navy was following all the necessities of the Maritime Border Order.

Arndell stated the ship docked greater than 25 days in the past within the Middle East. Since then it had a contactless go to at Townsville, Australia, the place provisions and shops had been introduced on board without the crew having contact with different folks.

Arndell stated he understood the issues of an Airbnb host who informed Newshub they had been sad a couple of reserving by a crew member.

“But again, we are following the Maritime Border Order guidelines that have been set, so the risk has been minimised as much as possible by following the guidelines that are in place for any ship visiting New Zealand,” he stated.

“This visit demonstrates the strong relationship between New Zealand and Canada,” Arndells stated. The international locations labored collectively within the Pacific, and Canada had hosted the New Zealand navy for the final two years whereas its frigates had been going via upgrades.


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