COVID-19: BC Ferries Implements Transport Canada’s Face Coverings Requirement Today

Effective today, passengers travelling with BC Ferries will be required to be in possession of a face covering that covers their mouth and nose, and asked to wear this covering in situations when a physical separation of two metres cannot be maintained.

This Transport Canada directive applies to all passengers over the age of two, including those passengers travelling in a vehicle. On sailings longer than 30 minutes, passengers will be asked to confirm they have a face covering and are willing to wear it when necessary. If a passenger answers ‘no’, or fails to answer, they will be unable to travel. For routes under 30 minutes, BC Ferries requests customers possess a face covering to wear if they cannot maintain appropriate physical distancing.

On all routes, BC Ferries requests customers remain in their vehicle for the entire sailing if possible. Customers must also bring their own face coverings as BC Ferries will not be supplying them to travellers.

As defined by the Public Health Agency of Canada, a face covering should fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops, be made of at least two layers of tightly woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen) and be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping.
As this situation is rapidly evolving, BC Ferries encourages customers to monitor the for any additional changes to service.

June 15, 2020 10:02 AM

Community Comments

  • Avatar moriahboone says:

    I think this would include the Saltspring Island to Swartz Bay, which is 35 minutes.

  • Avatar Sue Sheane says:

    I am totally in favour of this move...makes perfect sense. My only comment would be: I hope this rule applies to the staff as well. I get tired of the expectation of customers to show respect for the safety of others...including staff....yet staff having no clear obligation to reciprocate. Most studies have made it clear that EVERYONE wearing masks would cut transmission risks exponentially...I have seen numbers quoted from a minimum of 50% to over 90%. But there has to be full compliance...