Bay State Cruises has adopted measures recommended by the CDC and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for operating in the current condition of increased vigilance required for our passengers’ and employees’ health, safety and peace of mind.
Here’s what we’re doing:
Social Distancing: We have reduced the capacity of all Bay State vessels such that six feet of social distancing can be achieved. There will be times when passengers or employees pass one another at a distance closer than 6 feet, but, with the Personal Protection Equipment requirements of the State (more on that below) we are confident that everyone can remain safe aboard our vessels.
Regarding our Provincetown Fast Ferries: In order to further decrease passenger density on trips, we will maintain the full, decades old schedule, despite the anticipated continued diminished passenger demand of 2021.
On certain vessels in our fleet, where it’s been possible, we have added clear barriers between seating sections in order to provide more atmospheric privacy.
At points where our staff interact with our passengers, both parties will be afforded the benefit of lexan barriers, to put a layer of protection between crew member and guest.
We have signage throughout our boarding areas and vessels reminding folks to socially distance themselves from one another.
We will adjust boarding times in order to better ensure decreased dockside congestion and social distancing between passengers waiting to board.
Open Air: Thank goodness for boats and the sea! In addition to the natural (and, frankly, beautiful) benefit that our vessels’ open air decks provide, we have modified the main cabin air circulation of our vessels such that the entire enclosed cabins’ volume of air can be completely renewed by fresh outside air in as little as three minutes.
Cleaning and sanitization: We’re on it! In addition to the head start we have, from what our passengers have told us, as having already maintained the cleanest boats in the harbor, we’ve added these additional measures:
Reducing Payment Contact Points: As always, we encourage online bookings for our services, where it applies. We have modified our point of sale machines such that our crew won’t have to touch your credit card and we won’t require you to sign a receipt or handle a shared pen. Where boarding passes are still distributed, we have modified their handling procedure so that they are only contacted once, at the point of distribution from our ticket offices, and hand sanitizer is to be used by our ticketing personnel between each and every transaction. Hand sanitizer is also immediately available to passengers receiving the boarding pass.
For customers preferring to pay with cash: We provide motion activated hand sanitizers on both side of the counter; one for the crew member or ticket agent and one for the guest.
Face Masks and Personal Protection Equipment: As for our employees, you will see them wearing face masks at all times, whenever near any other person (some of the over 10,000 masks we’ve got for our crew are pretty snazzy, and you might have face covering envy).
For our guests, we are following the guidance of the Governor of Massachusetts and the CDC, which we are sharing with you below.
We anticipate, and have all read about, this sometimes being a sore topic in our communities, so, let’s give this a particularly good look:
From the State: Governor Baker has issued an Order effective Saturday, May 29h, requiring face masks or cloth face coverings only on public transportation such as busses, trains, planes, and FERRIES. Exceptions include children under the age of 2 and those unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition.
From the CDC:
Bay State Cruises has adopted these rules and standards from the State and CDC, and, we want to make sure all our passengers are aware of these standards prior to sailing with us.
In general, Friends, it’s going to be another awkward start to the season, but Bay State Cruises will be working hard to make things as nice as possible for everyone. Let’s enjoy being out on the water as best we can. There’s a lot to be thankful for and, being able to get out onto the ocean, is pretty high up there on the list. Thank you for sailing with us.