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BC Ferries continues sailings amid COVID-19 pandemic, but warns travellers against non-essential trips

Last Updated Mar 24, 2020 at 6:38 pm PDT

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BC Ferries states trips continue to be made to connect communities and deliver goods

BC Ferries has not been instructed to restrict travel, they are advising customers to avoid any non-essential travel

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – BC Ferries is not cancelling sailing during the coronavirus pandemic, but is warning those who rely on the sailings to avoid non-essential travel.

Via release, BC Ferries states trips continue to be made to connect communities and deliver goods to urban areas as well as isolated areas such as the Gulf Islands.

While BC Ferries has not been instructed to restrict travel at this time, they are advising customers to avoid any non-essential trips when possible.

“None of us should be travelling if it is not essential,” Mark Collins, CEO and President of BC Ferries says.

Enhanced health and safety measures are being taken, and include additional cleaning and disinfecting, allowing passengers to remain in their vehicles during sailing, and the closing of food and retail services.

Employees and customers are also being kept apart when necessary, to help stop the spread of the virus.