Face masks are now mandatory for BC Ferries passengers

Jun 15 2020, 6:57 pm

Starting on Monday, June 15, a face mask or covering for the mouth and nose will be mandatory for most BC Ferries passengers.

The announcement was made earlier this month and is a directive from Transport Canada. Face masks will be required of all passengers over the age of 2, including those travelling in a vehicle.

For any sailings that are longer than 30 minutes, passengers will be asked to confirm whether or not they possess a face mask or covering, which they must wear when physical separation of two metres can’t be obtained.

Passengers must bring their own mask, as BC Ferries will not be supplying them.

Riders will be denied travel if they don’t have the necessary protection or if they fail to answer whether or not they have one.

The new regulations follow the latest guidance by Transport Canada on face masks or coverings for planes, trains, ships, and public transit. For ships, the federal regulations mandate face masks for passengers on sailings over 30 minutes in duration.

“As defined by the Public Health Agency of Canada, a face covering should fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops, be made of at least two layers of tightly-woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen) and be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping,” reads a release.

This latest measure adds to BC Ferries’ continuing practice of screening all passengers for COVID-19 symptoms and rejecting anyone who does not meet the screening requirements.

Passengers are still asked to remain in their vehicle for the entire sailing, when possible.

With files from Kenneth Chan

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