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BC Ferries passengers not allowed to stay in their vehicles from Sept. 30

BY , Sep 9, 2020 7:27 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

A B.C. Ferry is seen arriving at Horseshoe Bay near West Vancouver on March 16, 2020. The Federal government is bringing in further measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 on commercial passenger vessels and ferries. Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced that starting Monday all commercial marine vessels with the capacity of 12 or more passengers will stop non-essential activities, such as tourism or recreation. Ferries and essential passenger vessel operators are to immediately reduce the maximum number of passengers carried on board by half in an effort to comply with social distancing rules. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

BC Ferries passengers will no longer be allowed to stay in their vehicles starting September 30th.

The ferry service says Transport Canada is rescinding the temporary flexibility it granted ferry operators in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It says enclosed car decks represent inherent risk to travellers and Transport Canada has determined there's a clear case for ending the practice.

Face coverings are still mandatory on BC Ferries vessels and the company says it will reopen certain dining areas for seating only to make more space for physical distancing.

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