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BC Ferries scraps buffet, cancels additional spring break sailings due to COVID-19

Last Updated Mar 14, 2020 at 6:09 pm PDT

(Source: Riley Phillips/NEWS 1130)
Summary

Additional sailings from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay scheduled to accommodate spring break travel have been scrapped

There will be no more buffets on board due to health concerns

BC Ferries is still pursuing a policy change that would allow travellers to stay in their cars while on board

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — A lack of travellers due to COVID-19 concerns is forcing BC Ferries to make adjustments to its schedule.

Spokeperson Deborah Marshall says additional sailings from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay scheduled to accommodate spring break travel have been scrapped.

“We have seen a decline in traffic,” she says. “We’re just cutting back on those extra sailings because the traffic just has not materialized.”

All customers with reservations on cancelled sailings will be notified and can choose to take a different sailing or to cancel their trip for a refund.

BC Ferries is also cancelling its buffets on its vessels until further notice due to COVID-19 concerns.

At the same time, Marshall says they’re still trying to convince the federal government to allow travellers to remain in their vehicles while on the ferries, but says Ottawa has yet to make a final decision on that front.

“We haven’t had an update from Transport Canada whether they will relax that regulation or not but we continue to pursue that,” Marshall says.

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