Foot passengers have been required to remain outside on the deck of the Kootenay Lake Ferries since Covid-19 struck. This was not such a huge issue until the temperatures started to drop and the reality of remaining in the wind and weather for the whole crossing sunk in. Now, Western Pacific Marine has informed us that this will not be changing over the coming months, although staff hope to find an agreeable arrangement to accommodate these foot passengers. See the note below for more info from Marine Manager Bryan Coe:
Good Morning Everyone,
Just a very brief update in regard to our Kootenay Lake Ferries Covid-19 situation.
I have been informed that the protocols in place with the lounge and washroom closures will remain in place until February 1st. This has been extended by Transport Canada and the Ministry has directed me to comply.
I am attempting to acquire some outdoor, electric, bulkhead mounted heaters and canvas or fabric tarps to provide some degree of comfort out of the wind and weather in the area currently coned off under the rescue boat deck. I am also looking for suitable seating arrangements that will allow for social distance separation within this area.
These actions are less than perfect however it is an attempt to work within the confines created for me.
Captain Bryan Coe