BC Ferries are heading back to regular service this week and after they made the change their website reportedly crashed following the announcement.
Travel had been restricted in B.C. recently because of the pandemic but now we are moving into phase 2 of the B.C. reopening plan and that means recreational travel is back. We will also see movie theaters reopening and other changes to outdoor social gatherings and more, slowly those restrictions are being eased.
There was a high amount of visitors to the BC Ferries website after the changes were announced and the crews for BC Ferries have said they are ready to welcome back guests for sailings. They are also going to be adding additional sailings to try and meet the demand and maintain the capacity requirements.
B.C. is well underway with the reopening plan that that could mean by fall that things look a lot more normal. Things are already looking better than they were last year, with indoor dining resumed, and many other restrictions quickly being lifted as the weeks go by.
Vaccination rates have quickly ramped up around the province and the country with millions who have already received their first dose and many who are getting the 2nd dose sometime this week or in the weeks ahead. It still isn’t clear yet though when they might reopen the Canadian border might reopen for recreational travel to international visitors.
Over the past few weeks we have seen changes made to social gatherings, restaurants and other businesses, Playland has reopened, the PNE might also reconsider and reopen this summer. In general, things are already shaping up to be more positive than they were last year for business and what people can go outside to do. It’s expected to be a busy season for BC Parks and many families and individuals are already busy planning their upcoming trips.
For BC Ferries even though they will resume service now this week they say that masks will still be required on board. From Tuesday, those who are taking sailings like that from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, or going from Tsawwassen to Duke Point, from Tsawwassen to Southern Gulf Islands, or from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert etc, they will no longer be asked if they are traveling for essential reasons on the following routes.