Aquabus and False Creek Ferries resume service today

May 22 2020, 4:58 pm

Both of the private miniature passenger ferry operators in Vancouver’s False Creek inner harbour will resume operations on Friday, May 22, but in a limited capacity.

False Creek Ferries says it will begin a limited ferry service on its route between the Aquatic Centre in the West End and Granville Island.

As for Aquabus, they will also be operating with reduced service initially by using their larger Cyquabus, which has up to 30 seats. But the available seating will be reduced by 80% for a maximum of six passengers per vessel to allow for physical distancing.

Aquabus states its vessels will be disinfected every hour at minimum, and passengers will be provided with hand sanitizer and asked to sanitize their hands before boarding. As well, they have placed visual markers on their docks to encourage physical distancing when queues form.

Both services will have initial operating hours of between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm. They are expected to ramp up their services in the near future, if demand warrants.

False Creek Ferries and Aquabus suspended their services in the middle of March. The provincial government’s restart plan, beginning this week, allows a range of businesses and services to reopen, provided that they comply with physical distancing and health safety measures.

On Thursday evening, leading up to the 7 pm cheer, the False Creek Ferries fleet performed a ballet routine in False Creek and English Bay to celebrate their return to service.

Kenneth ChanKenneth Chan

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