Public ferry service to Toronto Islands resumes with restrictions

   June 27, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

Toronto (Ontario Canada) resumed the city's public ferry service to Toronto Island Park on Saturday, June 27, after the seaport was allowed to enter Canada's Stage 2 of reopening.

According to Mayor John Tory, as of June 27, ferries operate at 50% max passenger capacity, with several COVID guidelines and procedures in place to protect crew and passengers. Ferry tickets are limited to 5000 per day and can to purchased online only - to allow physical distancing on the vessels and in the terminal.

Passengers are required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings. Signage and markers are "visible at the terminal to help visitors with physical distancing while waiting in line.” Toronto is encouraging tourists to travel outside of the peak times between 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting are undertaken on the ferries after every trip. Washrooms on the ferries are closed, however, hand sanitizer dispensers are available. Washrooms at the terminal and at Toronto Island Park are open.

Services and amenities that are open at Toronto Island Park after ferry service resumed include a first aid station, washrooms, splash pads, Franklin Gardens, William Meany Maze, disc golf, food and beverage outlets.

Other Toronto Island Park public and commercial amenities such as boat rentals, Centreville, and park playgrounds remain closed as required by the current Province of Ontario emergency orders.