Dover Seaways, and other ferries on the UK – France routes, will sail with additional COVID-19 measures and precautions.
To slow down the spread of COVID-19 on our UK – France routes, several measures are implemented including reducing the number of passengers allowed on board and precautions advised by World Health Organisation. There are no changes to the sailing schedules.
Over the last few days, the French government has taken significant measures to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Those measures are restrictions around the number of people gathering in one place and the closure of bars, restaurants, museums, some shops and other venues until further notice within France.
Kasper Moos, Vice President and Head of BU Short Routes & Passenger, says: “There are no changes to our sailing schedules. To minimise the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of those travelling, we have reduced the maximum number of people allowed on each crossing by 50% on our routes; Dover – Calais, Dover – Dunkirk and Newhaven – Dieppe until at least 6 April. Passenger booking remains open as we work hard to ensure that people can get home and undertake essential travel.”
In addition, other onboard precautions advised by the World Health Organisation are implemented which includes:
- Hand sanitizer dispensers are installed everywhere on the ship for our passengers to use.
- Ongoing extra touchpoint cleaning.
- No more than 100 people in each of our venues onboard
- The ships’ crew is subject to strict measures and hygiene requirements.
- The ships carry a stock of masks to limit the spread of infection, if the need should arise.
“We are committed to ensure that our passengers have the best service and experience whilst travelling with us and we will continue to do so during this difficult period” says Kasper.
He continues: “Our routes between the UK and France are also an important part of the arteries of trade. We will therefore continue to provide frequency and capacity to ensure that vital goods can reach shops and businesses.”