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Mask/Face Covering Requirements

Masks/face coverings are required for all walk on traffic and open air vehicles such as bicycles, motorcycles , convertible, etc aboard the Amherst Island Ferry. Thank you for your cooperation.
 

Transport Canada asking all travellers to be in possession of a removable face covering while on board

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, Transport Canada is asking all travellers to be in possession of a removable face covering large enough to cover their mouth and nose while on board passenger vessels and ferries.

All walk-on passengers should have a non-medical mask or face covering large enough to cover their mouth and nose in the event they are unable to maintain physical distancing of at least two metres from other people during their voyage.

During the voyage, you could be asked to wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose when you are outside your vehicle and in situations where you cannot maintain two metres of physical separation.


All passengers are encouraged to stay in their vehicles while on the ferry and limit contact with others as much as possible. Passengers are advised that they may be screened in accordance with Transport Canada’s COVID-19 screening requirements. This will involve answering a few simple questions to which you must answer truthfully.
 


Washrooms Aboard Amherst Island Ferry Closed to Public

Effective April 10th, the washrooms aboard the Amherst Island Ferry are closed to public access. These measures are being put in place to ensure the safety of our passengers and crew.  Earlier this week, the Amherst Island Ferry implemented  additional measures at the direction of Transport Canada.


Transport Canada Safety Measures aboard Amherst Island Ferry

The following safety measures for passenger vessels were announced by Transport Canada on April 5

Please be advised that effective Monday, April 6th the Amherst Island Ferry Service will be operating with a reduced passenger limit of 142 (50%) in response to COVID-19 physical distancing requirements. Access to passenger lounges are restricted to walk-on passengers.  

All passengers are encouraged to stay in their vehicles while on the ferry and limit contact with others as much as possible. Passengers are advised that they may be screened in accordance with Transport Canada’s COVID-19 screening requirements. This will involve answering a few simple questions to which you must answer truthfully.

Passengers who are ill or appear to be ill will not be permitted to board the ferry. If a passenger is ill and traveling to get medical attention please notify us in advance of boarding.  Ferry users are asked to limit their travel to essential needs only.

Nonessential travel to Amherst Island is strongly discouraged. Please help keep our staff, ferry crew and communities healthy.   The Amherst Island Ferry Service has implemented increased cleaning on board the ferry.

 

Kingston Transit

Kingston Transit adjusts service beginning May 25 

Kingston Transit will be adjusting service beginning Monday, May 25 to better support the needs of riders making essential trips. While adjustments won't be made to the #10 route that serves Amherstview, riders will benefit from more connections options at the Cataraqui Town Centre transfer point.

More information on the service adjustments can be found on the City of Kingston website.


Kingston Transit limiting total bus capacity to 12 to 15 passengers

Kingston Transit will be limiting total bus capacity to 12 to 15 passengers, depending on the bus model. This decision aligns with the City of Kingston’s declaration of a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Effective March 28, 2020, every other bus seat will be unavailable to enable passengers to practice safe physical-distancing. Seats will be marked as unavailable. The limit on the number of passengers will continue until further notice.
 


Kingston Transit reduced transit service to a modified Sunday schedule

Beginning Thursday, March 26, Kingston Transit will operate on a reduced Sunday service schedule seven days per week. All routes will operate on a Sunday schedule. 
 

Service level changes are being made due to the decline in ridership, with some routes down as much as 80 per cent, and to further protect our bus operators and passengers. Riders should only use Kingston Transit for essential trips at this time.

These service level changes will remain in place until further notice. We continue to look at different ways to provide reliable, sustained service for those passengers who need it most and appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through these changes. Additional service changes are possible and passengers should continue to monitor our website and social media for updates. 


Kingston Transit asks passengers to use back doors until April 5 

Effective Thursday, March 19, Kingston Transit passengers are asked to board and exit buses using the back doors. Passengers with accessibility needs can continue to use the front doors for boarding and exiting, but are asked to limit their interactions with bus operators.

Kingston Transit will not be accepting cash fares or paper transfers from passengers boarding at the back of the bus, and passengers will not be required to tap their transit passes at this time.

This change is in place until April 5, 2020, and protects the health and safety of bus operators.