BC Ferries cancels more Vancouver to Victoria sailings due to coronavirus

Mar 17 2020, 6:50 pm

BC Ferries has announced more sailing cancellations between Vancouver and Victoria, as service remains impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a travel advisory posted on its website Tuesday, BC Ferries said it will be reducing its service between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay from March 17 to April 8 “in order to meet current traffic demands.”

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The cancellations come after initial cuts to service were announced on Saturday.

Customers should note that the following sailings have been cancelled:

Departing Swartz Bay:
8:00 am on March 21 and 28
12:00 pm on March 17-26, 28, 30-31 and April 2 and 8
2:00 pm on March 19, 26-27, 29 and April 3 and 5
4:00 pm on March 19-20, 22, 26 and April 2 and 8
6:00 pm on March 26-27, 29 and April 3 and 5

Departing Tsawwassen:
10:00 am on March 21 and 28
12:00 pm on March 19, 26-27, 29 and April 3 and 5
2:00 pm on March 17-26, 28, 30-31 and April 2 and 8
4:00 pm on March 19, 26-27, 29 and April 3 and 5
6:00 pm on March 20, 22, 26 and April 2 and 8

Additionally, BC Ferries has noted that its Pacific Buffet on the Spirit of Vancouver Island, Spirit of British Columbia, and Coastal Celebration vessels are closed until further notice to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

For sailings still in service, BC Ferries announced it has been granted permission by the federal government to allow passengers to remain in their vehicles on enclosed car decks during the pandemic.

The new temporary policy went into effect on Tuesday, until further notice, allowing the public and businesses to practice social distancing and self-isolation. This decision was the result of collaboration between Transport Canada and the Canadian Ferry Association.

With files from Kenneth Chan.