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Ferries, commercial vessels told to reduce passenger numbers to avoid COVID-19

BY , Apr 6, 2020 3:34 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

A B.C. Ferry is seen arriving at Horseshoe Bay near West Vancouver on March 16, 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Commercial vessels and passenger ferries face more restrictions in a government effort to clamp down on the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Transport Canada has ordered a stop on all non-essential vessels with a capacity of 12 or more passengers, such as recreation and tourism vessels.

BC Ferries and other essential vessel operators have been told to immediately cut in half the maximum number of passengers carried on their ships.

Over the weekend, BC ferries chopped its service after it said ridership was down by about 80 per cent.

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