Ferry operator Manche Iles Express hopes to resume sailings between the Channel Islands and France on 2 July.
The announcement comes after France’s decision to ease its border controls in response to the declining rates of Covid-19 infection in the country, and the progress of its recovery plan.
‘The Covid-19 situation in the Channel Islands has also improved drastically, with encouraging results as regards to the extremely low numbers of cases and Jersey is considering opening their borders in early July.We are optimistic that the Guernsey Bailiwick will follow suite later on during the summer,’ said a spokesperson for Manche Iles Express, which will initially resume a revised sailing schedule.
‘Further to recent talks between the Jersey Minister for External Relations and the President of the Conseil Departmental de la Manche, Marc Lefevre approached the French Home Affairs Minister and drew his attention to the necessity for a swift trade recovery between France and the Channel Islands,’
According to the ferry company, strict health and safety procedures have been put in place in anticipation of the route re-starting. Face masks will be compulsory for all crew and passengers aged 11 and up, social distancing will be adhered to and hand sanitiser will be available.
Customers who have booked to travel up until 2 July 2020 are entitled to change their tickets to equivalent travel without extra charge.
(Feature image Via Manche Iles Express)