CHANGES FOR STRAITS FERRY SERVICE AS TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS EASE
Passenger capacity increased
Upper deck pre-arrangements ended
Tour bus bookings available
(Happy Valley-Goose Bay) – Labrador Marine Inc. (LMI) has announced changes to the Strait of Belle Isle ferry service to facilitate increased travel as the province of Newfoundland and Labrador reopens to travel with the rest of Canada on July 1.
Effective July 1, passenger capacity on the ferry will be increased to 198. To facilitate maximum use of the upper and lower decks on the Qajaq W, upper deck pre-arrangements will be ended. Passengers requiring the use of the elevator will be accommodated. The Strait of Belle Isle service is also re-opening to tour buses. LMI will accommodate two buses on each crossing with a maximum of 32 people on each bus.
While travel is open to the rest of Canada, COVID-19 travel rules remain in place. All passengers must leave their vehicles and be seated in the saloon area. Passengers must wear a mask at all times while on the vessel. To help maintain physical distancing, families and groups, such as tour groups, must sit together in the saloon area.
Only passengers with a confirmed reservation may travel.
LMI General Manager Captain Austin Daley says the changes strike a balance between maintaining public safety and meeting the demand for increased travel. “With the province now opened up to the rest of Canada, there will be more people on the move,” he says. “We have already fielded inquiries from tour operators and private travellers from outside the province and we know that people in this province will be travelling to and from Labrador. Labrador Marine wants to help people complete their travel plans but we also have a responsibility to do that safely and ensure that we follow public health guidelines.”
Labrador Marine advises passengers to monitor its website at www.labradormarine.com for the latest travel and public health information.
For further information:
Captain Austin Daley – General Manager, Labrador Marine Inc.