‘Sailing - unlike flying - offers clean, fresh air’  Irish Ferries reveal safe travel measures as summer holidays beckon
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‘Sailing - unlike flying - offers clean, fresh air’ Irish Ferries reveal safe travel measures as summer holidays beckon

IRISH FERRIES have revealed the new measures they have put in place to keep customers safe while sailing to and from their holiday destinations.

As of July 10, travel corridor guidelines allow travel from Britain to more than 70 countries deemed ‘safe’ and therefore not requiring holidaymakers to quarantine on their return.

They include Ireland and France, both of which are served by Irish Ferries routes.

Similar guidelines are expected to be announced in Ireland on July 20, although prior to that anyone entering Ireland will be required to quarantine at one location for 14 days.

Yet, with restrictions beginning to ease all around, Irish Ferries have announced the Covid-19 response measures they have now put in place, which came in the form of a new ‘Safer Way to Get Away’ statement.

“The prospect of a 2020 holiday abroad seemed all but lost a few weeks ago,” the firm, headquartered in Dublin, claims, “but as thoughts turn to the reopening of our country and European destinations begin to lift restrictions, Irish Ferries is delighted to announce new measures to help holidaymakers get away when it’s time.”

“These additional safety measures will help to ensure customers are guaranteed the safest and most comfortable way to get to their chosen holiday destination in the UK or France when the time comes to travel again,” they add.

The company, which has continued to operate its routes between Britain, France and Ireland to support essential travel requirements throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, will now require passengers to wear masks while in public spaces aboard their vessels.

“Irish Ferries are advising passengers to bring face masks or face covering when travelling and to wear a face covering when moving around public spaces,” they confirm.

“These are now mandatory by French authorities when travelling to France,” they add.

It has also introduced in-car check-in, plexi glass at till points and sanitiser stations throughout their ferries.

However, cinemas, bars, shopping, Club Class lounges and kids soft play areas will all remain closed on board for the time being.

The added bonus of travelling on the water is your proximity to “clean, fresh sea air” Irish Ferries explain.

“Unlike when flying, passengers can of course avail of the unique benefit of enjoying clean, fresh sea air and unbeatable views on outer decks, with ventilation and air conditioning systems on board also using just 100% fresh air.”

They add: “Onboard with Irish Ferries, passengers can sail in space, with plenty of room inside, with clear marking and signage, easily allowing for social distancing.

“There is ample seating to accommodate passengers and the option of private cabin accommodation on cruise ferry services [from Ireland] to both Britain and France.”

Now, Irish Ferries are busy spreading the word that they are Covid ready and taking bookings – while offering “flexibility to change” on sailings up until August 31, adding: “Regardless of where you might like to travel to this summer, be assured, that Irish Ferries offers a safer way to get away, when the time is right and looks forward to welcoming passengers back onboard again soon.”

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