Washington State Ferries' response to COVID-19

PRESS RELEASE: As the third largest transit provider in the State of Washington, Washington State Ferries is taking a number of steps to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) and keep our facilities as safe as possible.

Safety is WSF’s number one priority, and this includes the health and well-being of our passengers and employees. 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. Our terminal facilities are also routinely cleaned, including bathrooms, counters, and ticket kiosks.

We have received questions from customers concerned about having to exchange money or passes with tollbooth staff. Unfortunately, wireless or hands-free ticket scanning is not available at all of our terminals, so it would be very difficult for staff to completely avoid handling money or transit passes. The CDC urges people to practice good personal hygiene, especially hand-washing and using hand sanitizer, as the best defense.

In addition to taking the personal health preparedness steps that have been widely circulating in the news – wash your hands, don’t touch your face, cover coughs and sneezes – there are some other things passengers might consider doing 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.

Please be assured that WSF is working very closely with the Washington State Department of Health, Emergency Management, and local agencies to make sure that we 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.

6 comments

  • Janine Wiggins
    Janine Wiggins Saturday, 28 March 2020 11:22 Comment Link

    I am a healthcare worker and like several of us who work in Seattle we typically walk onto the ferry. I have the opportunity to park at my hospital for free. Is there any reason why during this time the monies that I have on my Orca card that I would typically use for walk on could not be used to drive on?

    Another suggestion is to please reduced amount as we would if we were walking on and allow us to use the ORCA card ?

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  • Holly Page Bryant
    Holly Page Bryant Friday, 06 March 2020 06:24 Comment Link

    Dear Virgil...look that up yourself. Hint...Washington State Ferry Service, Anacortes to Orcas Schedule, ( hit the "Enter" key). Please Note...carefully read the icons since some ferries only run certain days of the week.
    Kindly do not litter while you visit us here in the San Juan Islands. You probably are not "that kind" of person...but, unfortunately many Tourists do use our Island Homes as garbage cans so I just thought I'd mention it to beg others to think before they "toss" bottles, cans, used diapers, etc.
    Have a good time!

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  • Cane
    Cane Thursday, 05 March 2020 19:14 Comment Link

    They must be doing a super fast job. Saw the boat start loading as soon as it unloaded today when I got on the ferry (March 5th)

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  • Monika
    Monika Thursday, 05 March 2020 17:28 Comment Link

    You can find the schedule by googling Anacortes to Orcas ferry schedule. You may want to get a reservation

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  • MH
    MH Thursday, 05 March 2020 16:55 Comment Link

    Check the ferry schedule online for Washington State Ferries. Remember you MUST make a reservation

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  • Virgil Mosely
    Virgil Mosely Thursday, 05 March 2020 11:31 Comment Link

    I'm planning a trip on April 17th from Colorado. What times does the ferry travel from anacortes to orca islands

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