The Victoria Clipper V has announced today that it will be extending its sailing suspension between Victoria and Seattle once more, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and continuing Canada-U.S. border closure.
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.
They issued another extension until May 20th, which was announced on Tuesday to be extended once more to July 3rd, in conjunction with the continuation of closed borders for non-essential travel between Canada and the US.
While the ferry company looks to relaunch service on July 3rd, the adjusted sailing schedule include at that time will be Friday through Monday daily sailings, July 3rd to July 31st.
The Clipper looks to return to daily sailings seven days a week August 1st through January 3rd, 2021.
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.
“While the business impact continues to be dramatic, we’ll be ready to return to service as soon as the border re-opens and Vancouver Island is prepared once again for non-essential travel,” said David Gudgel, CEO of Clipper.
“In the meantime, we are continuing to revise and prepare our operation plans for a safe and healthy return of crew, staff, and customers.”
The MV Coho has also extended its sailing suspension between Victoria and Washington to June 21st.