Additional protections brought in for inland ferries
Under new guidelines set by Transport Canada to reduce and mitigate the risks of COVID-19, additional safety measures are now in place for the province’s inland ferry system to help protect the safety of passengers and crew.
Effective immediately, passengers boarding inland ferries must comply with the following changes:
* All inland ferry passengers travelling by vehicle must remain in their vehicles for the duration of the trip.
* All passenger amenities aboard the ferry are closed until further notice to limit interaction amongst passengers.
* Walk-on passengers, cyclists and motorcyclists must remain inside designated zones while in the terminal and while aboard the ferry.
* Walk-on passengers, cyclists and motorcyclists with symptoms of COVID-19 are not permitted aboard the inland ferries.
Signage will be displayed at terminals and on overhead messaging signs via DriveBC and posted through websites and social media.
B.C.’s provincial health officer has ordered all British Columbians to avoid all non-essential travel at this time. Enforcement for failing to abide by these new measures could include monetary penalties.
If travel is essential, check DriveBC as busy sailings may experience higher wait times due to reduced passenger limits.
These new measures became effective Monday, April 6, and are in place until further notice.
Lead image: Aboard the Osprey 2000 ferry that runs between Kootenay Bay and Balfour. e-KNOW file photo