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Marine Atlantic implements new screening and operational changes to combat COVID-19

The ferry service between Port aux Basques, seen here, and North Sydney, N.S. could be affected if a fixed between Labrador and the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland link is ever built.
Marine Atlantic is changing up its protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. - Contributed

Some passengers will not be permitted to travel

CHANNEL-PORT AUX BASQUES, N.L. —

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and change daily, Marine Atlantic is making changes to its service.

In a press release, Marine Atlantic said in addition to enhanced cleaning measures, new screening initiatives will be implemented.

“Effective immediately, customers who arrive at our terminals will be asked a series of questions to determine their suitability to travel,” the corporation said in a press release.

If a passenger has been out of the country in the last 14 days or had contact with someone with COVID-19 and they have COVID-19 symptoms they will not be permitted to travel

If a passenger has been out of the country in the last 14 days or had contact with someone with COVID-19 but they are not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, they will be permitted to travel but will be required to be isolated at the terminal and while onboard the ship.

In addition, until further notice, Marine Atlantic will set a passenger limit of 250 customers per crossing.

“This will allow crew to more effectively establish isolation areas upon the vessel and promote social distancing as recommended by health care professionals.

“We thank customers for their understanding and cooperation during these challenging times. Our priority is the health and safety of our employees and customers.”

Marine Atlantic said it will continue to work with health professionals and make additional adjustments to its operational policies and procedures in the days ahead, as required.

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