Temporary Ferry Rules Updated For Tuesday, May 26

May 23, 2020 Off By admin

The Ferry will return to 1/2 hr interval runs on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 (9:30 am to 5:00 pm – beach cleared by 7:00 pm; and 2 sunset runs at 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm).  Two trips right after sunset will bring passengers back.  The ferry will operate six (6) days per week

(no Wednesday’s).  See below for the rest of the rules in effect at this time.


                                                                        UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

  1. If you have a fever or do not feel well, do not board the ferry and go home immediately. Anyone who appears visibly ill will be denied access to the ferry. All passengers will be required to sign a waiver and must wear a mask.
  2. The ferry will be limited to five (5) passengers per trip on a first come/first served basis. Seating on the ferry will be staggered to accomplish social distancing. Passengers will sit where instructed by the captain.  The ferry house will be limited to the next ten (10) passengers in order of arrival, using social distancing (6-foot separation).  All others will wait outside the ferry house;
  3. All passengers and the captains shall wear masks (covering nose and mouth) while on the ferry and while waiting in the ferry house. The captain may remove his/her mask while in the office area.  The office and captain’s seating area will be off-limits to passengers;
  4. The ferry will operate six (6) days a week (no Wednesday’s), during this temporary period. The ferry will operate on a 30-minute cycle from 9:30am to 5:00pm, with the beach cleared by 7:00pm. Sunset trips will run at 7:00 pm – maximum ten (10) passengers.  Please check in by 6:45 pm.  Two trips right after official sunset will bring passengers back.

Passengers may stay up to two (2) hours at the beach.  They will be given a return time when they ride over, and they must make that return trip.  Captains will keep track of the arriving and returning passengers by Pass Number.  Anyone who misses their return trip will either have to walk home or wait for a vacancy on a later trip with no assurance that a vacancy will occur;

  1. Due to the added pressure of clearing the beach in an emergency, the captain on duty will have the authority to close the ferry well in advance of any impending weather. The usual signal of lowering the American Flag on the beach stair landing will be employed.  This authority may include not opening at all or closing early for the remainder of the day.  This plan results in a maximum of twenty (20) people on the beach at one time, which number can be removed in an hour on a 15-minute trip cycle. In addition, the ferry will not be open whenever the National Weather Service issues a Small Craft Advisory for our area;
  2. Finally, to avoid any conflict, the captains have the final authority on all ferry operations while they are on duty. Anyone arguing or complaining will be asked to leave and subject to trespass.  The Trust reserves the right to revoke the Pass of anyone who becomes unruly.

These rules are in compliance with the United State Coast Guard recommendation that inspected passenger vessels comply with all applicable Center for Disease Control Guidelines and were approved by the South Venice Beach Endowment Trust.