The ships on this route have only been used for the transport of goods since April 4 due to the pandemic.
The Horseshoe Bay-Nanaimo route will be managed like the others, which are currently operating at 50%.
“I am very pleased that after discussions with BC Ferries, passenger service between West Vancouver and Nanaimo has been restored,” said Transport Minister Claire Trevena.
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“We are working closely with BC Ferries to bring service to the levels people need. Since the Prime Minister announced the gradual reopening of our economy, we have seen an increased interest in travel, which is why this service is resuming. “
Trevena stated that the service must meet the demands, with the appropriate level of service.
Transport Canada regulations, which limit passenger capacity to 50%, are still in effect.
“We always urge everyone to avoid non-essential travel and not to visit other communities, to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Trevena.
“The restored service is good news for essential travel and helps support supply chains. People trust our transportation system and we provide the service they need to travel safely.
While BC Ferries tells people to avoid non-essential travel, the first three crossings from Tsawwassen to Duke Point on Friday, before the long weekend, were 100% full before 7 a.m.