Mayflower II detours to avoid landing Pilgrims in quarantine

A $17million replica of the ship that brought settlers to America 400 years ago has had to change course to avoid landing the reenactment ‘Pilgrims’ in quarantine.

The Mayflower II is due to land in Plymouth tomorrow to commemorate the arrival of North America’s founding colony in 1620. However Covid 19 is rewriting history as the ship has had to make a number of alterations to the reenactment route. This includes missing out a stop, last minute, in Rhode Island due to new quarantine restrictions being put in place for the state.

Travel restrictions which were brought in by Massachusetts Public Health last Wednesday would have required the sailors of the replica vessel to self-isolate for 14 days, throwing the commemorative sailing off course.

“Due to Governor Baker’s recent change to the restrictions on travel to states including Rhode Island, Plimoth Plantation has decided out of an abundance of caution to keep Mayflower in New Bedford … until Saturday, Aug. 8 when the ship will make its way to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy,” said a statement from the reenactors.

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