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Coronavirus: BC Ferries reduces Vancouver-Victoria service, closes buffets


BC Ferries says it's reducing service between Vancouver and Victoria and shuttering on-board food buffets due to concerns over coronavirus.
The company said Saturday it absolutely was cancelling multiple sailings throughout Sunday and one round-trip sailing Monday between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay “in order to fulfill current traffic demands.”

Four round-trip sailings on Sunday are cancelled between noon and 6 p.m., while Monday’s cancelled sailings were set to depart Swartz Bay at noon and leave Tsawwassen at 2 p.m.


Customers with reservations on cancelled sailings are going to be advised by email and can be accommodated on a later sailing, with refunds available. Those without reservations are going to be placed on standby.



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BC Ferries says it's also shutting down the Pacific Buffet available on the Spirit of island, the Spirit of Canadian province and therefore the Coastal Celebration until further notice “to mitigate the spread of illness, including COVID-19.”

The company has already made adjustments to curb the spread of the virus, including extra cleaning of common areas and “locations that are touched frequently by people throughout the day.”


However, passengers are still not allowed to remain in their vehicles if they're parked on an indoor bottom deck, citing Transport Canada regulations.

The agency isn't waiving the restriction during the pandemic for “safety reasons,” BC Ferries told Global News on Friday, but added arrangements may be made if drivers are showing symptoms.

Drivers can stay in their vehicles if they're on an open car deck on an upper level.

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