All passenger ferry services that operate in the False Creek inner harbour and New Westminster have temporarily suspended their operations due to COVID-19.
Both False Creek private operators, False Creek Ferries and Aquabus, have indicated they are not operating at this time.
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Aquabus has not indicated when they will be closed until, but False Creek Ferries has noted their fleet will remain at a standstill until at least the end of the month.
Provincial health officials have advised social distancing of at least two metres in public spaces, especially in enclosed and indoor environments.
Aquabus has 14 vessels, while False Creek Ferries has 17 vessels. Each vessel has a capacity of 20 passengers or less.
“We are sorry to not be able to give you more notice. Social distancing simply isn’t possible on a 6 metre ferry,” reads a tweet by False Creek Ferries.
It is a difficult decision, but given the current situation, we are closing for the rest March. We will close at the end of business today. We are sorry to not be able to give you more notice. Social distancing simply isn’t possible on a 6 metre ferry.
— FCF Current Conditions (@FCF_Conditions) March 17, 2020
Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 Aquabus Ferries is temporarily suspending service effective by end of day today (17/03/2020).
— THE AQUABUS (@Aquabus) March 18, 2020
As well, following the City of New Westminster’s state of emergency declaration today, the municipal government’s Q to Q Ferry service between Westminster Quay and the Queensborough neighbourhood across the Fraser River has also been suspended.
This service uses two 28-ft-long passenger ferry vessels, each with a capacity for 12 passengers.
City of #NewWest has declared a local state of emergency to help reduce spread of COVID-19. Effective Friday, March 20, City Hall will be closed to the public – essential services by appt. @QtoQFerry to suspend operations by end of service day March 20. https://t.co/8OmnCoKD8e pic.twitter.com/ljn1GLlLaN
— New_Westminster (@New_Westminster) March 19, 2020
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