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Brittany Ferries confirms date passenger services will resume between Cork and Roscoff –

Brittany Ferries have confirmed that passengers will be able to travel to France from Cork via the high seas from Monday 29 June.

The ferry service will be running a limited service of five ships over the next few weeks before three more ships are launched in July.

For the safety of passengers, freight drivers and crew, passenger capacity will be limited onboard by more than 60%.

From next week Irish passengers will be able to travel from Cork and Rosslare to Roscoff, France, and Rosslare to Bilbao, Spain.

Ferry travel is thought to be one of the safest modes of international transit as passengers can opt to stay in their cars for the duration of the journey, in their personal cabin, social distance in the wide public spaces or stay on the open deck areas.

In a statement, Brittany Ferries said: “Capacity limits will be ship dependent, and will be reviewed as the summer progresses.

“However, all services connecting France and the UK for example will be limited to 550 passengers from 29 June. This measure reduces capacity by more than 60%, and will apply until mid-July at the earliest”.

In addition, the ferry company has introduced a 12-point travel guide to ensure the safety of all passengers this summer:

  • Passengers may be required by national or local authorities to fill-in a health form prior to travel. If you are unwell, please stay at home.
  • Passengers must check-in at least 90 minutes before departure
  • Boarding and disembarkation will be staggered, to avoid queues.
  • Masks must be worn while boarding, disembarking and in public areas on board
  • Wash hands regularly, use hand sanitisers – and follow all crew instructions
  • Customers are asked to read onboard signs and to respect physical distancing guidance in all public areas
  • A cabin or reserved seat is compulsory on all sailings. To minimise contact with others, remain in this personal space as much as possible
  • Fresh sea air is supplied in all public areas on board, including cabins
  • Enhanced cleaning with virucidal cleaners will take place during and between sailings
  • In restaurants and bars, meal choices may be limited and space adapted to comply with new safety protocols
  • In all public areas, crew will wear masks when interacting with passengers
  • Medical assistance is available in the event of a suspected COVID-19 case, including a dedicated cabin for isolation

The company said all measures have been well practiced, as they have been running essential freight services like fresh food and medicines from late March until May.

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