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Long waits on BC Ferries as priority given to Sunshine Coast residents

There's a long wait for the BC Ferries sailings going into this weekend.
There's a long wait for the BC Ferries sailings going into this weekend. BC Ferries

BC Ferries says sailing waits may be long Friday as we head into the weekend.

The corporation says if you don’t have a reservation, then prepare to wait hours to board.

The busiest sailings are from Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay in Nanaimo and Langdale on the Sunshine Coast.

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Residents and essential workers receive priority boarding because of the provincial state of emergency under COVID-19, though staff do not ask for identification.

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“If you’re a resident of the Sunshine Coast, you would be bypassing somebody who says (they’re) from Vancouver who wants to head over the Sunshine Coast for a retreat, said spokesperson Deborah Marshall.

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On top of that, it’s a sunny Friday afternoon and people are travelling throughout the province again under the pandemic, she said.