COVID-19 RESPONSE MEASURES FOR COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS
March 19, 2020
With the outbreak of COVID-19, this is a most unusual and difficult time for us all. It seems like the world is shutting down around us. But, in these times, it is particularly important that we play our role in trying to keep trade corridors and transportation arteries open to support the economy.
On March 18, 2020, Canada and the United States agreed to restrict non-essential travel across the border as both countries try to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, but they insist key supplies will still flow between the two nations. Supply chains, including trucking, will not be affected by this new measure.
This Memorandum addresses the operational changes we have implemented to assist our commercial truckers, other passengers and crew in engaging in safe social-distancing while at terminal facilities and crossing on MV Fundy Rose. Following these rules will assist us in keeping the ferry operating.
- Bay Ferries will be pre-screening all passengers and will NOT allow anyone exhibiting flu-like systems (fever, cough, breathing difficulties, etc.) or anyone who has been in contact with a person confirmed to have, or being tested for, COVID-19 to cross on MV Fundy Rose.
- International truck drivers will be given Red badges to identify them as passengers who have crossed the Canada/US boarder within the past 14 days and as such should be self-isolating.
- Other passengers who have been in a foreign country in the past 14 days (with no symptoms or no contact) must self-isolate and will be given yellow badges.
- Both red and yellow badges will be segregated aboard MV Fundy Rose in a seating area that allows proper 2 metre/6 feet distance. Washrooms, segregated for Red and Yellow badges, will be available on board.
- The Truckers Lounge will be closed until further notice.
- International Truck Drivers are encouraged to remain in their trucks while waiting to embark. Portable toilets will be placed beside truck lanes and will be cleaned on an expedited schedule.
- Truck drivers must not remain in their trucks during crossings.
- Truck drivers are not allowed in the terminal building; we will bring receipts for passage to each driver.
- Passenger food service has been temporarily removed to reduce the risks inherent in the food service industry and limit the exposure to those risks. We suggest all passengers eat before they arrive at the terminal. Complimentary water, coffee and tea will be available onboard.
Our message for all customers, contractors, and employees remains simple; safe social-distancing, wash your hands often, stay home when sick, and personal hygiene are the best measures to control the spread of any virus.
Please call Darryl McGrath, Terminal Operations Manager at (902)647-2561, or Dave Kirton, Digby Terminal Supervisor at (902)245-8386, if you have any questions.