B.C. Ferries to suspend half its service amid coronavirus crisis
|Toronto Star 03 Apr 2020 at 16:24|
VANCOUVER—Ferry service across British Columbia will be reduced to 50 per cent of regular capacity as a result of the coronavirus, leaving just four daily round trips between Vancouver’s Tsawwassen terminal and Victoria’s Swartz Bay terminal, and cancellations on every route starting Saturday.
Ferries between Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver and Nanaimo will be cancelled completely.
“It’s clear we need to match service levels to the current demand,” said BC Ferries CEO Mark Collins in a Friday staff announcement obtained by the Star. “These are unprecedented reductions, and unfortunately they will result in temporary layoffs of hundreds of our dedicated and loyal co-workers.”
Collins said the ferry service had seen an 80 per cent reduction in traffic as of Friday, due to the challenges posed by the spread of the coronavirus.
He said the reductions were designed to make sure people and goods would still be able to get to areas of the province that rely heavily on ferry service, especially Vancouver Island.
Service between Tsawwassen and Duke Point and Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay will operate four round trips per day, with four additional cargo-only trips to Duke Point.
All service is suspended between Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo, as well as between Mill Bay and Brentwood Bay. The Long Harbour
The Sunshine Coast service between Horseshoe Bay and Langdale will continue running six time a day, while the northern routes will operate on BC Ferries’ winter schedule.