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Guemes Island Ferry

County Engineer: Paul A. Randall-Grutter, P.E. Ferry Operations Manager: Rachel Rowe


Face Coverings Required at Guemes Island Ferry

In compliance with the Governor’s order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Guemes Island Ferry requires that masks covering your nose and mouth must be worn by all customers in public spaces at the terminals and on the vessel.
Public spaces at the ferry include:
  • The public areas onboard the vessel (including the passenger cabin and outside car deck)
  • All waiting areas (indoors and outdoors)
  • The vehicle queuing lanes, terminal parking lots & walkways
  • Public restrooms
  • Note: when purchasing a ticket, you are in contact with our workers and face coverings are required during the transaction. The exception to this requirement is self-validating a punch card inside a vehicle with the windows rolled up. Washington State mandates for face coverings There are currently three face covering mandates in place for Washington State:
  • Starting June 8, 2020, employers are required to provide face coverings that must be worn by all employees who don’t work alone.
  • Starting June 26, 2020, all individuals must wear a face covering in indoor public spaces and in outdoor public settings when you can’t stay six feet apart from others.
  • Starting July 7, 2020, businesses are required to enforce the use of face coverings by all customers, clients, and visitors.
  • Who should wear a face covering Everyone is required to wear face coverings in public settings unless they are in one of the following groups:
  • Children younger than five years old:
    • Children who are younger than two years old should never wear face coverings due to risk of suffocation.
    • It is strongly recommended that children who are two to four years old use face coverings in public settings with the assistance and close supervision of an adult.
    • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes, but is not limited to, persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing, who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
    Skagit County follows COVID-19 guidance from the WA State Department of Health. Businesses, like the ferry, must require customers to wear face coverings to enter their establishments and receive service. For more information, please visit the Cloth Face Coverings and Masks FAQ website.

    Guemes Island Ferry service changes due to COVID-19

     

    The Skagit County Public Health Department recommends everyone wear fabric masks in public.

    We are also asking vehicle drivers and passengers to stay in their vehicles with the windows rolled up to the extent possible. You can also help us and your community by only traveling for essential purposes. 

    Our crews are doing a great job during this pandemic routinely cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces in the terminal and on the vessel. They are also disinfecting ticketing equipment between each run. Every action we are taking prioritizes the health and safety of our workers and the ferry community.

    Ferry to remain on non-peak sailing schedule through the summer

    Due to COVID-19, the Guemes Island Ferry will remain on the non-peak sailing schedule through September 30. This decision comes following the Skagit County Health Officer's recommendation for the cancellation or postponement of large scale events through summer in line with Governor Inslee's Safe Start Plan. If the Health Officer’s recommendations change, we can re-evaluate this decision.

    On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, the ferry will not operate extended hours. The ferry will operate on a regular Monday sailing schedule, from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Fare collection policies have changed – only punch cards and credit/debit cards will be accepted for payment (no cash)


    Here are some things you need to know.

    Punch cards

    Using a punch card is the fastest and safest way to pay your fare and they offer a significant discount. Additionally, punch cards can be purchased through the mail using our online form requiring no physical contact with our Purser. See the Punch Card Page for phone, email or mail order options. Punch cards are also available for purchase at the ferry terminal. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are allowing riders to self-validate (in front of the Purser) punch cards with your own sharpie, standard pen or hole puncher.

    All punch cards can be used during the peak or non-peak season. Note: the 10-trip vehicle & driver or 10-trip vehicle & senior/disabled driver punch card can be used any time peak or non-peak too (even the card says “cannot be used during peak season”). That is one of the changes we made in response to COVID-19 in an effort to promote the use of punch cards. In addition, the 10-trip punch cards currently do not expire.

    Credit/debit cards

    Credit/debit card transactions can be conducted at your vehicle if you are driving on. We accept all major credit cards except American Express. We ask that you only roll down your window just enough to insert/swipe your own card in our machine. We have asked our Pursers not to handle customers’ credit cards. We are temporarily waiving signatures on all credit/debit card transactions, and you can opt out of a receipt. If you are walking on, we ask that you maintain as much physical distance as possible from other riders at all times.

    If you are concerned about riding the ferry or purchasing tickets, we strongly recommend:

    • Using disposable gloves and properly dispose of them after your ticket transaction;
    • Wiping your credit/debit card with an alcohol swab or other disinfecting wipe before and after use; and
    • Letting the ferry crew know you do not want a paper ticket.