West coast ferry operator CalMac is to stop taking cash on its ferries and ports in response to concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic.
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CalMac moves to card or phone only payment
Relaxation of rules around passengers in cars
Due to the Covid-19 situation the Maritime and Coastguard Agency have agreed to temporarily relax its rules on passengers being able to stay in their vehicles during some ferry journeys.
CalMac customers urged to go online
25 March 2020 - Ferry operator CalMac is urging customers looking to cancel trips to go online after its contact centres were swamped with almost 5000 phone calls in a single day.
Statement from Transport Scotland on restrictions on non-essential ferry travel
24 March 2020 - In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Scottish Government has made clear the need to avoid all but essential travel by ferry to Scotland's remote and island communities
CalMac state ferry travel across Scotland must be for essential travel only
22 March 2020 - CalMac state ferry travel across Scotland must be for essential travel only
CalMac ceases all on board food and drink as a result of COVID-19 Outbreak
21 March 2020 - CalMac has announced that it is to cease its on board food and drink and retail offering with immediate effect on all routes.
Prioritisation of essential goods for transport
20 March 2020 - As the situation around the Covid:19 outbreak develops, it is critical that essential goods are transported to where they are required.
CalMac changes freight service to ensure lifeline maintained
20 March 2020 - To ensure continued lifeline services are maintained to the Isle of Lewis, ferry operator CalMac is making changes to its overnight freight service.
CalMac to cease advance bookings and hot food offering
CalMac is to stop taking new bookings on all of its services with a travel date of before 15 July as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 - CalMac's arrangements on advance bookings and hot food offering
19 March 2020 - CalMac has now stopped taking new bookings on all of its services up to and including 15 July 2020 as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Bookings can still be made for travel from 16 July and beyond. Bookings that have already been made up to that period will be honoured where services are running. Priority will continue to be given to emergency services and medical emergencies. We will now be operating a turn up and go service on all of our routes.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) statement
We would like to reassure our customers that we are working closely with Transport Scotland's Resilience Team & Health Protection Scotland with regards to the global outbreak of Coronavirus, and have developed #COVID19 contingency plans.