BC Ferries to require passengers to have face masks prior to boarding

BC Ferries to require passengers to have face masks prior to boarding

If you’re planning on travelling aboard BC Ferries next week, you better have a face mask.

Starting June 15, BC Ferries will be requiring passengers to be in possession of a “face covering that covers their mouth and nose” and will be required to wear such face coverings or masks in situations when a physical separation of two metres cannot be maintained.

The measure applies to all BC Ferries sailings that are longer than 30 minutes and applies to all passengers over the age of two, including vehicle passengers.

Those passengers without masks will be denied boarding, BC Ferries said in a press release.

“Passengers will be asked to confirm they have a face covering and are willing to wear it when
necessary. If a passenger answers ‘no’, or fails to answer, they will be unable to travel. Customers
must bring their own face coverings as BC Ferries will not be supplying them to travellers,” the company said.

BC Ferries said the change is in keeping with directives and guidance provided by Transport Canada.

According to BC Ferries, face masks or coverings should fit “securely to the head with ties or ear loops” and should be made of at least two layers of tightly-woven material fabric like cotton or linen. Masks and coverings must also be large enough to “completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping.”

BC Ferries says they will also continue to screen customers for COVID-19 symptoms and restrict
travel who do not meet the screening requirements.

For more information, visit www.bcferries.com.


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