BC Ferries is asking customers to avoid non-essential travel this holiday season to comply with the provincial government’s COVID-19 restrictions.
People who need to travel should book in advance, wear a mask and practice physical distancing, the company said in a media release.
Anyone not wearing a mask may not be allowed to board, if they do not meet a medical exception requirement, the company said. BC Ferries said people should arrive at least an hour before their sailing to allow extra time for COVID-19 screening.
Passengers travelling by foot are advised to get to the terminal early and be prepared to line up outside to avoid crowding.
Some hot food and items can be purchased and taken back to a vehicle or passenger deck, depending on the route and vessel. Passengers must leave their vehicles if parked in the enclosed decks.
The company said its commercial traffic is higher on many routes than this time last year.
BC Ferries recently launched a new mobile-friendly website that makes it easier for customers to book online.