The Victoria Clipper V has announced today that it will be extending its sailing suspension between Victoria and Seattle in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The initial announcement that Clipper would be suspending their service came on Tuesday, March 17th, though at that time they only reported it would take place until April 30th.

The decision to extend the suspension in sailings until May 20th is in conjunction with their parent company, FRS, who has suspended all of their worldwide ferry service operations as a measure of health, safety and precaution in disease prevention.

The Clipper is one of the ferries that offer transport between Victoria and Washington state, and say they have elected to suspend their services based on the growing concerns over COVID-19 outbreaks.

“Our number one priority and concern as a business is the health and safety of our employees, staff, crew, passengers and the greater public,” said David Gudgel, CEO of Clipper.

In accordance with an agreement between Clipper Navigation, Inc. and Unifor Local 114, all of Clipper’s Canadian union employees will be placed on temporary layoff starting March 24th.

With files from Brishti Basu.