March 4th, 2020 - Posted in Alerts

ALL ROUTES: Washington State Ferries’ Response to Coronavirus Here’s a message from Washington State Ferries:

Washington State Ferries is taking a number of steps to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) and keep their facilities as safe as possible.

Under WSF’s Safety and Management System guidelines, vessel crews are instructed to clean vessels before each scheduled departure; this includes wiping down tables and seats, scrubbing bathroom sinks and faucets, and generally cleaning all surfaces with a disinfectant cleanser. Terminal facilities are also routinely cleaned, including bathrooms, counters, and ticket kiosks.

Some customers are concerned about having to exchange money or passes with tollbooth staff. Wireless or hands-free ticket scanning is not available at all terminals, so it would be very difficult for staff to completely avoid handling money or transit passes.

In addition to taking the personal health preparedness steps that have been widely circulated in the news – wash your hands, don’t touch your face, cover coughs and sneezes – there are some other things passengers can do to protect themselves while on the ferry. For example, those who drive onto the ferry are welcome to stay in their vehicle for the duration of the crossing to avoid congested public areas.

Those in the passenger cabin should try to maintain a personal distance of six feet; according to the CDC, that is a safe distance to avoid catching most respiratory viruses.

WSF is working very closely with the Washington State Department of Health, Emergency Management, and local agencies to make sure they have the latest information and expert guidance on how to minimize coronavirus exposure.

Thank you for your cooperation in this effort. If we all do our part and work together, we can stop the spread of this virus and keep our community safe and healthy.

If you are experiencing symptoms of the virus, it is essential for the health of the community – and to limit the spread of the virus within the community – for you to stay home or telework, cover all coughs and sneezes, avoid touching parts of your face to avoid picking up the virus and wash your hands frequently.

This message was posted at 5:23pm on Wednesday and will be updated as needed.

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