Ferry Service to Toronto Islands to Resume on Saturday
This morning, I joined Mayor Tory at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal to celebrate the return of ferry service to the Toronto Islands on June 27. The Toronto Islands are a special place, and I know many of us are looking forward to spending time there this summer. During these uncertain times, though, health and safety must come first -- not just for ourselves, but also for the residents and businesses that call the Islands home.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19, safety protocols have been put in place. Ferries to the Islands will run at 50 percent capacity to make space for physical distancing. Tickets should be bought online in advance, and will be limited to a set amount of 5,000 tickets per day. All passengers and staff must wear masks or face coverings.
Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting will be undertaken on the ferries after every trip. Washrooms on the ferries will be closed, however hand sanitizer dispensers will be available. Washrooms at the terminal and at Toronto Island Park will be open.
Services and amenities that will be open at Toronto Island Park once ferry service resumes will include washrooms, splash pads, a first aid station, Franklin The Turtle Gardens, William Meany Maze, some food and beverage outlets and disc golf.
Other Toronto Island Park public and commercial amenities on the Island including Centreville and park playgrounds, and boat rentals will remain closed as required by current Province of Ontario emergency orders in this area.
As with all public areas and services, visitors should self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms and should not board the ferry if they have symptoms. A self-assessment tool is available at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/
As visitors to the Islands, it’s on us to be respectful and considerate of the people who live and work there. We can make this work if we all commit to doing our part and looking out for one another.