Coronavirus: BC Ferries pauses food service on ships, at terminals

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BC Ferries is temporarily no longer serving food on its sailings or at its terminals, effective Thursday at 3 p.m.

The corporation said it’s in support of social distancing amid the coronavirus public health emergency.

Food service on the northern routes will be suspended on Friday.

“During the COVID-19 situation, customers have changed their food purchasing habits and are choosing not to buy our grab-and-go items at this time, leading to tremendous food waste,” BC Ferries said.

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Other areas that are closed until further notice are the gift shop, SeaWest Lounge, kids’ play area, and arcades.

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Baggage service will also be unavailable on all except the northern routes.

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The only place left to grab a snack is a vending machine.

Earlier this week, Transport Canada temporarily eased safety regulations that ban passengers from staying in their vehicles on enclosed bottom decks while a ferry is in motion, following complaints from the public.

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