As we are encouraged to return to work if we are unable to work from home, Gosport Ferry would like to reassure its customers that there is Safe Social Distancing on the Ferry with our open decks, fresh air and plenty of space even with passenger number limits. We’re very bicycle friendly too!
The ferry runs every 15 minutes from 05.30 hours to 23.00 hours daily.
Face Coverings: To comply with the latest Government statement, as from Monday 15th June face coverings will be obligatory for passengers travelling on the Gosport Ferry. This includes all areas of the ferry plus the terminals, pontoons and approach walkways. Echoing the Government announcement, face coverings are not the same as medical grade PPE masks, and can be made at home using scarves or other textile items. The Government website has set out advice on how face coverings can be easily made at home. Follow this link for the official Government statement. Passengers who arrive at the terminal without face coverings will not be admitted on board. The only exceptions are those passengers exempted under the Government’s rules (see the gov.uk website for full details).
Due to the obligatory face coverings a ban (effective from 19th June) has been placed on smoking and vaping on any part of the ferry including the open top deck and the open rear of the ferry. Thank you in advance for your adherence to this policy. (Smoking and Vaping is already banned in the Gosport terminal and the enclosed walkways at the Portsea terminal).
Safe Social Distancing procedures: Passenger numbers are restricted to 150 persons during good weather (use of the upper deck) and 120 persons during inclement weather. In order to maintain safe social distancing during the trip we request that passengers do not remain on the bike deck, but move to the lounge for the duration of the crossing. The terminals at Gosport and Portsmouth have been painted with footprints designating the 2 metre distance queue rule. Seating will be taped where appropriate, but we do ask our customers to act responsibly in observing the social distance guidelines too.
In terms of ticket collection, Perspex masks have been given to the ticket collection crew. There are hand sanitisers on the bridge, and cleaning down of all areas is being undertaken on an even more regular basis. During ticket clipping hold your ticket at arm’s length with both hands at the edge of your ticket. The crew will then clip the ticket (without holding) at their arm’s length. If this is your last clip, show the ticket to the crew before tearing it in half and disposing in the bins provided.
The Captain will also be making Tannoy announcements to remind us all.
This statement will be regularly updated following the daily briefings from Government.
Late Night Ferry. We have been advised by Dave & Paul Faithfull of D & P Boat Hire, operators of the Late Night Ferry, that they will not be running for the foreseeable future.
Any future changes will be notified here as soon as we hear from the operators.
We advise our passengers to also keep up to date with Government information on risks and preventative measures:
Stay safe everyone.