Ferry company Stena Line has announced that face coverings will be mandatory on all routes from this coming Monday, June 15. From then, face masks or face coverings must be worn whilst in terminals, when using transfer busses or passenger walkways, and onboard vessels by all passengers. An exception will be made for children under the age of three and anyone with a breathing condition, illness or disability that prevents or hinders them from wearing a face covering. The rule applies to all passenger and freight sailings on both Irish Sea and North Sea services.
Passengers travelling on an overnight sailing leaving on June 14 which arrives on June 15 will also be required to wear a face covering. All passengers will also be required to continue to socially distance. The measure comes as part of the company’s response to COVID-19.
This new rule comes into force on the same day wearing face coverings on public transport in England also becomes a requirement. Passengers travelling to some countries, including France, are already required to wear a face covering. Further information can be found at Stena Line’s dedicated page here.