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Expect extended wait times on Washington State Ferries over Fourth of July weekend

Ferry trips are already operating on a reduced schedule due to the coronavirus and WSF expects a high volume of travelers that weekend.

SEATTLE — Editor's note: The above video was published at an earlier date.

Those who plan on traveling by Washington State Ferry over the Fourth of July weekend should prepare for long waits, according to WSF.

Several routes are operating on reduced schedules in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The busiest sailings trips will likely be in the westbound direction on  Thursday, July 2 and then eastbound Sunday, July 5 as travelers return from their Independence Day getaways.

Here’s what you need to know before hopping on a ferry over the July Fourth holiday weekend, according to WSF: 

  • The longest wait times for vehicles are likely to be at the Edmonds, Kingston, Mukilteo and Clinton terminals. To reduce or eliminate waiting, riders may consider walking on or taking an early morning or late evening sailing.
  • Because of the coronavirus, customers who board a state ferry in a vehicle are strongly encouraged to remain in the vehicle throughout the sailing if possible. 
  • A face covering and proper physical distancing are highly recommended for all walk-on passengers. To maintain physical-distancing standards, if necessary, WSF will enforce reduced occupancy on sailings for walk-on passengers.
  • Make a vehicle reservation for the Anacortes/San Juan Islands or Port Townsend/Coupeville routes.
  • Check terminal conditions and COVID-19 travel updates before leaving.
  • Make a vehicle reservation for the Anacortes/San Juan Islands or Port Townsend/Coupeville routes.
  • People using state highways to get to the ferry terminal should plan ahead for potential backups and delays.

It should also be noted that it is illegal to set off or carry fireworks aboard a ferry.

 

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