BC Ferries continues to gradually reopen its amenities and services, with the latest being the reopening of two indoor shopping mall locations at major terminal locations.
As of today, Friday, June 26, Tsawwassen Quay Market at Tsawwassen terminal and Nanaimo Quay Market at Departure Bay terminal have reopened.
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The reopening includes market buildings, washrooms, and some vendors, with the remaining vendors to reopen over the following week, just in time for Canada Day.
The ferry corporation says it is working with Quay Property Management, the operator of both retail locations, to ensure health safety regulations are strictly followed. Enhanced measures entail foot traffic control, signage supporting physical distancing, increased cleaning, streamlined service protocols, and the elimination of dine-in options.
Last week, BC Ferries also restored onboard hot food services on the Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay, and Horseshoe Bay to Langdale routes, and established a wider food selection on the Tsawwassen to Duke Point route.
The reopening of retail and hot food services is supported by both BC’s gradual restart plan, and rising traffic volumes, with ferry traffic on the major routes now at 50% of normal levels — up from the pandemic low of 20% in April.