Press Release 7/10/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ron Curtis General Manager Inter-Island Ferry Authority: (907) 401-3564 [email protected]
IFA to add additional safety protocol
Hollis, Alaska – The IFA has implemented CDC and DHSS precautions to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission on its vessels and at its terminals. In an effort to continue to keep our passengers & crews safe, beginning July 15th, 2020 the Inter-Island Ferry Authority (IFA) will require passengers to complete a Passenger Wellness Screening Form before allowed to board our vessel.
The form has a series of questions that outline the IFA’s current conditions of service:
- Questions 1-5 address if you are Covid-19 positive or have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19; you will not be allowed to travel under these circumstances.
- Questions 6 & 7 identify passengers that either have results pending for a COVID-19 test or are in transit to a quarantine location; passengers with these circumstances will be allowed to travel but will be required to wear face covering, practice social distancing and limit social interaction.
The IFA’s top priority is to keep customers, employees and the community safe, and we appreciate your cooperation in adhering to our protocols.
Traveling to Alaska?
Use this handy Flow Chart released by the Dept of Health & Social Services to know what you need to do!
Ketchikan Terminal Use Restrictions
Please note that the Ketchikan Terminal is closed to the public so there is no waiting area for travelers. Only IFA or AMHS customers picking up tickets or making travel arrangements are allowed in the terminal at this time.
If you or someone you know will be traveling with us, please have other arrangements in place for waiting until the 2:30pm boarding begins.
You can check-in and pick up your tickets at the Terminal on your sail day, and you can call us seven days a week at 866-308-4848 for more information or to book your reservations!
Current Sailing Schedule
IFA sails 6 day a week! We sail Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and we depart Hollis at 8:00am and depart Ketchikan at 3:30pm. Terminals will be closed on the No-Sail days but Agents are available by phone at 866-308-4848 or by Email seven days a week.
In these unprecedented times, the IFA is taking a proactive approach to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by trying to balance the travel needs of Communities with the CDC and DHSS precautions and health mandates and alerts. We are practicing 6′ social distancing and wearing face coverings when possible, using CDC recommended disinfecting procedures and requiring all passengers fill out a Passenger Wellness Screening Form to decrease the likelihood of transmitting COVID-19.
In order to facilitate Social Distancing on board the vessel, we’ve reduced our normal passenger capacity which means that passenger space is limited. Please make your reservations in advance and arrive early to ensure your space on-board.
The IFA’s top priority is the health and safety of anyone boarding our vessels and entering our terminals as the novel COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to impact all of us. Your cooperation in following Crew and Agent directions at all times is greatly appreciated. Please check-in early to allow for these additional check-in measures. Be safe, travel smart!
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT HEALTH MANDATES & INFORMATION TO STAY UP-TO-DATE
PRESS RELEASE from Dept of Health & Social Services – Testing option alternative to Alaska’s 14-day quarantine for visitors or Alaskans, and Easy to read Chart
HEALTH MANDATE #10.1 – International and Interstate Travel Order for Self-Quarantine
REOPENING ALASKA RESPONSIBLY PHASE III & IV GUIDELINES – This document outlines strategies and actions that individuals, businesses, and communities can take to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus and help keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe.
HEALTH MANDATE #018 – Intrastate Travel Allowances
HEALTH MANDATE #017 – Protective Measures for Independent Commercial Fishing Vessels
Attachment Appendix 01: Alaska Protective Plan for Independent Commercial Fishing Vessels
Attachment Appendix 02: Independent Fishing Vessel Protective Measures Acknowledgement Form
Attachment Appendix 03: Alaska Protective Plan for Independent Commercial Fishing Harvesters
HEALTH MANDATE #016 – Reopen Alaska Responsibly PHASE l-A
Attachment D: Non-Essential Public Facing Businesses Generally
Attachment E: Retail Businesses
Attachment F: Restaurants Dine-in Services
Attachment G: Personal Care Services
Attachment H: Non-Essential Non-Public Facing Businesses
HEALTH MANDATE #015 – Services by Health Care Providers
HEALTH MANDATE #014 – Non-Congregate Sheltering Order
- FOOD SERVICE UPDATES: Galley food service is available but with a slightly limited menu.
- ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO STAY INFORMED: You can stay up-to-date on IFA schedule and information by visiting us here, or for more wide-reaching updates visit the links below.