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Manitoulin ferry to set sail on May 7

COVID-19 protocols remain in place
The MS Chi-Cheemaun ferry sails in Lake Huron between Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula and South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island. (OSTC photo)

The Owen Sound Transportation Company (OSTC) has announced the MS Chi-Cheemaun will kick off its 2021 season on May 7.

Running seasonally in Lake Huron between South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island and Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula, the ferry is a popular method of transport for visitors to Manitoulin Island, where tourism is the primary industry.

The OSTC said all COVID-19 mitigation measures will remain in place.

That means passenger numbers will be capped at 200 people in order to maintain physical distancing between passengers.

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All passengers must make a reservation – no walk-on traffic is being accepted at this time – and passengers must complete a COVID-19 screening before boarding to ensure they are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

Passengers must wear a face covering for the duration of the sailing and maintain a distance of two metres from other passengers.

No food or drinks will be served on board, and passengers are not permitted to bring food with them, although a bottle of water is permitted.

Staff will clean passenger areas frequently.

Reservations for the Chi-Cheemaun will be accepted by phone starting on March 17.