Queen of Alberni
(Queen of Alberni/BC Ferries)

The May long weekend usually bolsters a flock of city dwellers looking for a Vancouver Island getaway. But not this year, BC Ferries have reiterated.

The company issued a press release Monday stating they will not be implementing extra sailings as they usually do during May long weekends.

“In advance of the May long weekend, which is typically a popular travel time, BC Ferries is reminding customers that the Province’s travel restrictions Order remains in effect and travel is limited to essential reasons only,” said BC Ferries.

“No additional sailings are scheduled this long weekend.”

BC ferries said they will continue to deny travel to non-essential travellers and remind customers that non-essential within their regional zones is discouraged.

Below are a list of affected BC Ferries’ routes:

  • Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay
  • Tsawwassen – Duke Point
  • Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands
  • Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay
  • Comox – Powell River
  • Port Hardy – Prince Rupert

While restrictions are in place for non-essential travel, an anonymous source told Victoria Buzz they’ve travelled to and from Vancouver for a tattoo appointment without any problems or word from BC Ferries.

BC intends to reevaluate the circuit breaker restrictions established in March and the travel restrictions from April 23rd.

On Thursday, May 13th, Dr. Bonnie Henry said that they will look into “gradually” easing restrictions after the May long weekend.

As of Sunday night, everyone 18 and over in BC can now book their COVID-19 vaccine.

To receive a text message, people must be registered online through BC’s Get Vaccinated system. Those who have not yet registered can do so online, in-person at the nearest Service BC location, or through a provincial call centre (1-833-838-2323).

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