On Sunday July 19th I was on the ferry from Friday Harbor to all stops (it takes cars and passengers to Orcas, Shaw, and Lopez, and passengers only to Anacortes) and observed countless unmasked passengers in groups in the cabin. The announcement when people boarded reminded people to "please wear a mask if you are able" but the majority of the seated passengers were out of compliance (I estimated 80%). Those that were wearing masks were mostly in motion, probably like me having come up from their cars to use the facilities. I am baffled that the ferries can enforce the prohibition on unattended bags and children running, but seem to be giving up on enforcing an essential public health mandate during a deadly pandemic. The ferries are our public "highway" in the islands and unmasked passengers are a far greater safety risk than the imagined security risk of unattended bags! I've submitted my complaint to WSF as well.
"Thanks for your note, and for forwarding the reply from WSF. This has been a topic of our discussions with WSF.... Read all
"Thank you for contacting the Washington State Ferries regarding other riders not wearing a facemask. We have talked with the state Attorney General’s Office about whether we can make customers.... Read all