Why will your capacity be constrained going forward?
We are implementing Scottish Government and Transport Scotland travel and transport guidelines. These rules - which include physical distancing requirements - will control the number of passengers we can carry on a sailing.
We'll also be carrying out enhanced hygiene measures during and between every sailing.
This means that our capacity per vessel will continue to be constrained. Scotland is in Phase 3 of the routemap for moving out of lockdown and physical distancing is a very important aspect of day to day life. This means that our capacity continues to be less than in 'normal times'.
Covid-19 has changed day to day life and as we all work together to manage the ongoing risk, safety will come first.
Changes to physical distancing - Update 9 July 2020
On 9 July, The Scottish Government provided an update on physical distancing. Two metres will be retained as the default physical distancing requirement in Scotland - however from 10 July, some areas of public transport were able to move to a 1m rule where strict conditions and mitigations are in place.
We have assessed the effect of a reduction in social distancing to 1m on our vessels. We have incorporated this into our fleet capacity in line with official guidelines.
Moving to 1m is a significant change and resulted in more capacity being released across our network - however, are not back to 'normal'. Although the number of passengers we can carry increased, the capacity per vessel will still be limited.