What's New

November 13, 2020

In accordance with Governor Mills' Executive Orders,anyone on the mainland and island terminal property, in the terminal buildings or riding in the passenger cabins of a Maine State ferry must wear a face covering. We appreciate your compliance with the Governor’s order and your continued cooperation through the COVID-19 emergency.

Consistent with guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals must wear cloth face coverings in public settings regardless of the ability to maintain physical distance. This includes public transportation such as a ferry, and any transit stop or waiting area, inside or outside.

Ferry Terminal locations allow only 3 customers in the terminal at any one time. (Rockland will allow 10).

The ferry vessel cabins are limited to 5 passenger per passenger cabin on the Philbrook, Lee, Burgess, Curtis, and Libby and 10 passengers per cabin on the Thompson, Smith and Spear.

A Message from the Maine State Ferry Service about the Coronavirus

Continuity of Operations Plan (PDF)

Protecting the health and safety of our passengers and crew is the top priority of the Maine State Ferry Service (MSFS). In close partnership with the Maine CDC, we are taking several steps to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19.

Crews are cleaning and disinfecting vessels before each scheduled departure; this includes wiping down tables and seats, scrubbing bathroom sinks and faucets, and generally cleaning all surfaces with a disinfectant cleanser. Our terminal facilities are also routinely cleaned, including bathrooms, counters, and ticket desks.

We have received questions from customers concerned about having to exchange money or passes with staff. Unfortunately, wireless or hands-free ticket scanning is not available at our terminals. However, to avoid spreading the virus and to keep yourself healthy, the U.S. CDC recommends common sense measures like washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throwing the tissue in the trash; and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Passengers who are sick should stay home and be in touch with their medical provider who will be well-positioned to advise you.

Please be assured that MSFS is working very closely with the Maine CDC, emergency management officials, and local agencies to make sure that we have the latest information and expert guidance on how to minimize exposure to coronavirus. We encourage you to seek information from credible sources, such as the Maine CDC and U.S. CDC. Preparing with facts and science, proven public health measures, and commonsense precautions in our personal lives is the best measure we can take to protect both the people we serve at work and our friends and families at home.

Thank you for your cooperation in this effort. We are committed to your health and safety.

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