Ferry Season Returns To St. Pete With COVID-19 Safety Precautions

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Ferry season opens in St. Petersburg on Sunday as Cross Bay Ferry returns to its fourth season with coronavirus safety precautions aboard the boat.

The ferry, Provincetown III, will operate at full capacity with everyone being required to wear masks while indoors, according to a news release.

A crew will sanitize door handles, rails and other areas of the ferry before every group of passengers gets on and during the 50-minute trip across the bay.

Courted off sections are indoors to maintain social distancing and plastic dividers have been placed in areas to keep sections separated.

“We are confident that we can provide reliable and safe service even at full capacity and still maintain social distancing guidelines, but we are monitoring it and will adjust as needed,” Kevin Fisher, general manager of the Cross Bay Ferry said.

Food and beverage services are offered on the ferry, and bikes are allowed. Wi-Fi is also provided.

The ferry can hold a maximum of 149 passengers.

Ferry trips run from The St. Petersburg Ferry Terminal, 375 Bayshore Drive NE to the Tampa Convention Center.

Services are offered Wednesday through Sunday and can be booked online at Cross Bay Ferry or dockside ticket booths.

Ferry season is from Nov. 1 through Apr. 30.

Provincetown III departs St. Pete on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m, and makes its round trip back from Tampa at 6:15 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. For the full schedule, click here.

A one way ticket for adults is $10 and $20 for a round trip. For the full list of prices and discounts, visit its website.

The Cross Bay Ferry is a collaboration between St. Petersburg, Tampa, Hillsborough County and Pinellas County.

This article originally appeared on the St. Pete Patch

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