(18 June 2020) CONDOR has put in place a range of measures to ensure the safety of passengers and crew when high speed sailings resume.
The company’s plans to recommence services to the Islands from Poole and St Malo will see passenger capacities on Liberation and Rapide reduced, along with limits in the public cabin areas to comply with social distancing protocols. All passengers will be required to wear face coverings as a mandatory requirement and Condor is following international guidance issued by the shipping industry association, Interferry.
Elwyn Dop, Condor’s Executive Director – Operations, confirmed all avenues had being explored so that sailings could restart safely which he hoped would persuade people to travel.
‘We have always kept one eye on the future and prepared for sailing once restrictions are lifted. Unlike the airlines, we have capacity for 800 people on board but plan to carry smaller numbers initially so there will be plenty of inside and outside spaces. Safe sailing through social distancing can therefore be readily introduced.
‘Condor takes the health and wellbeing of passengers and crew very seriously so can offer reassurance that various contingency plans and measures are in place. Some of these procedures were in use before we suspended passenger services in March, but travellers will certainly recognise the difference.’
Safety protocols include self-service for food and beverage, floor distancing markers and protection screens installed plus contactless payments for shopping onboard. An enhanced hygiene procedure will increase the frequency of cleaning in line with up to date international guidance on sanitation and all Condor staff are being issued with additional Personal Protection Equipment.
At all ports, passengers will be asked to check-in earlier than usual to ensure safe embarkation and contactless scanning of boarding cards will also be in operation.
Condor is working with the authorities to establish a start date.