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Posted: July 3, 2020

COVID-19 rules for inland ferries remain in effect

With increased travel a part of British Columbia’s transition to Phase 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, passengers on the province’s inland ferry system are reminded to adhere to Transport Canada’s COVID-19 safety protocols.

Most importantly, all inland ferry passengers travelling by vehicle must remain in their vehicles for the duration of the trip to help protect the safety of passengers and crew.

Passengers crossing Kootenay Lake who are not prepared to stay in the vehicle for the full duration of the 35-minute sailing should consider driving the Kootenay Pass instead of taking the ferry, suggested a Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure media release.

All COVID-19 safety guidelines are set by Transport Canada to reduce the risks of COVID-19. Additional safety measures in place include:

* All passenger amenities aboard the ferry are closed until further notice to limit interaction amongst passengers.

* Walk-on passengers, cyclists and motorcyclists are encouraged to wear cloth masks or face coverings and maintain physical distance in designated zones.

* Walk-on passengers, cyclists and motorcyclists with symptoms of COVID-19 are not permitted aboard the inland ferries.

These safety measures are in effect until further notice. Signage is displayed at terminals.

When you go on the road this summer, bring the rules of home with you and follow provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s travel manners:

* check before you go;

* fewer faces in bigger spaces;

* if sick, stay home;

* wash your hands;

* keep a safe physical distance;

* come prepared and bring supplies; and

* respect all travel advisories.

Check DriveBC as busy sailings may experience higher wait times due to reduced passenger limits.

The summer service schedule at Kootenay Lake begins on July 17.

Lead image: The Osprey loads at Kootenay Bay. e-KNOW file photo

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