Ferry operating hours lengthened in response to relaxed COVID-19 restrictions

Yellowknife — May 20, 2020
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With the entry into Phase 1 of Emerging Wisely, the Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) plan to relax COVID-19 restrictions in the Northwest Territories, the GNWT has adapted its operating hours for its four highway ferries.

Each ferry will operate on an on-demand basis during the following hours:

https://www.inf.gov.nt.ca/en/ferries 

Each ferry will begin operating when water and ice conditions are safe to do so. The GNWT will monitor both ferry activity and the changing environment surrounding COVID-19 and will modify hours as required.

The following restrictions/precautions will also be in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

·       Each ferry has a passenger limit (see the chart above).

·       All passengers will be required to stay in their vehicle during the crossing.

·       To request access to washroom facilities, passengers must alert staff by honking their vehicle horn.

·       Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing practices will be introduced and undertaken throughout the day in between crossings.

·       Passengers waiting on shore are asked to maintain physical distance from others.

For the latest highway condition information, including the status of ferries, visit the GNWT’s highway conditions map or visit @GNWT_INF on Twitter.

 

Quote

“In the Northwest Territories, our ferries are an essential service for our residents; they connect NWT people and communities and ensure the continuation of the critical supply chain. We are pleased to be able to extend the on-demand ferry hours for our territory’s four ferries. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will continue to adjust our ferry operations as needed.”

-Katrina Nokleby, Minister of Infrastructure

 

Quick facts

·       All four GNWT ferries will operate this season.

·       Each ferry will begin operating when water and ice conditions are safe to do so. At that time, ferries will operate on an on-demand basis.

·       The GNWT will monitor both ferry activity and the changing environment surrounding COVID-19 and will modify hours as required.

 

Related links

·       GNWT Ferries information

·       GNWT Highway Conditions Map

 

For all COVID-19 Media Requests, please contact:

Cabinet Communications

Government of the Northwest Territories

presssecretary@gov.nt.ca