Condor Ferries to resume Channel Islands sailings this weekend

Condor Ferries will resume sailings between the UK and the Channel Islands from this weekend.

Weekly sailings will begin from Poole to Jersey on Saturday, with capacity on-board high-speed ferry Condor Liberation reduced to a maximum of 350 passengers.

Two trial sailings with a maximum of 250 passengers will take place from Poole to Guernsey on July 5 and 8 in order to assess the impact of inbound and outbound travel.

Additional safety measures will be in place, including floor distancing markers and barriers, self-service food and beverage outlets with card-only payments and extended check-in times. All passengers will be required to wear face coverings during the journey.

Paul Luxon, chief executive of Condor Ferries, said: “After more than 100 days of lockdown, we are delighted to announce sailings from Poole to Jersey are restarting this weekend. We have always kept one eye on the future and prepared for sailing once restrictions are lifted.

Unlike the airlines, we normally have capacity for 800 people and plenty of inside and outside space, so with a reduction in capacity, safe sailing through distancing can be readily introduced.

“We take the health and wellbeing of passengers and crew very seriously so can offer reassurance that various contingency plans and measures are in place to mitigate any potential impact of coronavirus.

“Some of these procedures were in use before we suspended passenger services in March, but travellers will certainly recognise the difference.”

Passengers travelling from the UK will be asked to take part in Covid-19 testing on arrival in Jersey and will be asked to limit contact with other people pending the results, which will be available within 12-72 hours.

If a passenger opts out of testing, they will be required to quarantine for 14 days, but those travelling to the UK from Jersey will not need to self-isolate.

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