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B.C.’s provincial health officer is calling reports that BC Ferries is experiencing high Easter weekend traffic amid the coronavirus pandemic “overblown”, but still urged individuals to prevent non-essential travel throughout the vacation.

Dr. Bonnie Henry informed press reporters Saturday that she spoke with BC Ferries herself to about reports of lineups at terminals on both Vancouver Island and the mainland Thursday and Friday.

Some sailings had actually been reporting they were in between 95- and 99- per-cent full Thursday evening, although those numbers refer to the number of car boardings instead of overall guests.

Henry stated she was guaranteed that ferries have considerably lowered capacity to assist preserve physical distancing steps which those caps would stay in location through the Easter weekend.

” They did verify that they’re only seeing a portion of the traffic that they would generally [see] on this weekend,” she stated.

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” I’m heartened that I think many people are doing what we need to do, and they’re staying house.

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BC Ferries has considerably minimized the number of sailings on all paths in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis. It is likewise legally required to decrease by 50 percent the optimum variety of passengers that might be carried onboard to support the two-metre physical distancing guideline.


B.C. leading destinations advise tourists to stay at home this vacation

B.C. top destinations prompt tourists to stay home this vacation

Sailings in between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay and from Tsawwassen to Duke Point have been limited to 4 departures from each terminal per day, down from the typical eight. The Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo route has been suspended completely, while other routes are likewise seeing decreased cruisings.

Coastal and island neighborhoods have contacted travelers and holiday homeowner to stay at home.

” I comprehend 25 cars came off this afternoon– 2 were locals, 23 were not local,” Galiano Island resident Jane Wolverton said Thursday.

” When you have such a small population everybody knows everyone.”

Earlier today, health ministers for B.C. and Alberta prompted locals to prevent taking a trip between the 2 provinces during the Easter weekend, recognizing the shared border is often crossed throughout major holidays.

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Henry said Saturday that many people have to take a trip by need this weekend, consisting of to and from Vancouver Island, and are permitted to travel if they have a genuine factor to do so.

She recommended the rest of B.C. to be compassionate towards those tourists while following self-isolation orders themselves.

” I think all of us need to be patient and kind with each other,” she said.

Complete information on the revised BC Ferries route schedules can be discovered on its website.

— With files from Jordan Armstrong and Jon Azpiri

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