Effective immediately, until May 25th, those looking to travel outside of the Island Health region, recreationally, will be stopped prior to entry and potentially face a fine of $575.
BC Ferries said it will not schedule any extra sailings that are typically offered during the May long weekend.
The company has also added a check box to the online booking registration of the website to ensure customers read and acknowledge they are travelling for essential reasons when making a Booking.
The following ferry routes will be affected:
- Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay
- Tsawwassen – Duke Point
- Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands
- Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay
- Comox – Powell River
- Port Hardy – Prince Rupert
BC Ferries says customers travelling on these routes will be asked whether their travel is essential and denied if it is deemed not essential.
“BC Ferries supports doing everything we can to discourage non-essential travel, and this Order gives us the legal authority we need to deny travel for non-essential reasons,” said Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ President and CEO.
“Our employees continue to work hard providing service transporting people, goods and medical supplies to coastal BC communities for essential reasons, and I’m proud of the work they are doing.”
To determine whether your travel is essential read here.