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Pierce County Ferry System

Posted on: March 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Pierce County Ferry Rider Service Update

Pierce County Ferry Rider Service Update

We are committed to providing safe ferry service to our customers. We are taking precautions to provide a high level of service, while minimizing the potential transmission of the coronavirus known as COVID-19. We follow the direction of Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Pierce County Department of Emergency Management and Governor’s Office.

We have implemented the following measures:

  • Based on the requirements below, we expect capacity to be limited to 50 passengers. We typically average 40 passengers per run this time of year.
  • Scanning tickets at the terminal and discontinued the use of plastic screening cards.
  • Cleaning terminals and boats twice a day.
  • Drive-on passengers are required to remain in their vehicles while riding the ferry.
  • Walk-on passengers must use social distancing to remain six feet from each other.

As islanders, it is always good to be prepared. Run through “what-if” scenarios and make sure you are prepared in case a situation arises where you don’t have access to the mainland.

Pierce County Emergency Management suggests having emergency kits to sustain you. Build a kit with enough supplies to last for two weeks. Building a kit can start with gathering a few items around your house and using a piece of luggage to store them. Add to the kit as you decide what is necessary.

These resources can help you plan your kit:

During this time, it is important to follow these easy instructions to protect yourself and those around you from transmitting the virus.

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds
  • Cover your cough.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.
  • If you are at a higher risk, take extra measures to distance yourself from other people and stay at home. Groups considered vulnerable during this time include:
  • People with weakened immune systems from medical conditions or medical treatment.
  • Adults over age 60.
  • Pregnant women.

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