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STENA LINE has implemented a series of measures aboard its ships to tackle Covid-19. The ferry firm says: "With the potential easing of lockdown restrictions and the re-emergence of non-essential travel, we have a set of safety measures aimed at ensuring ferry travel is the safest form of public transport. "Social distancing, fog machines, fresh air inside the ships and the recommended wearing of face coverings are all seen as key to reassuring customers about the future of ferry travel as countries reopen their borders in the coming weeks. Stena Line say their ferries have played a vital role during the pandemic keeping supplies of food, medicines and equipment moving across Europe. "As people look forward to being able to travel this summer, Stena Line has been receiving an increase in passenger bookings. In advance of the return of sea corridors reopening to tourist travel the company has been finalising extensive new safety measures to combat the spread of Covid-19 and ensure a safe and seamless journey." They say that restricting passenger numbers makes for easier social distancing aboard ship. New fog machines are being used to sanitise communal areas and cabins on the ferries and alongside the continuous cleaning routines being undertaken throughout the verses, extra fresh air is introduced into ventilation systems. From today, face coverings are recommended for all passengers and crew on Stena Line vessels, and in terminals, on all routes on the Irish Sea and the North Sea, where social distancing is difficult to achieve, such as in stairwells, lifts and in corridors. Says Stena Line's CEO Niclas Mårtensson. "Ferry travel is the only mode of transport where you can social distance, so it is no surprise that we are now seeing an increase in bookings due to the expected reduction in lockdown restrictions. "In advance of the return of international travel we now feel the time is right to tell people about our new anti-COVID-19 measures and reassure them that ferries provide the safest mode of transport for travel passengers and freight drivers. The safety of our passengers and crew is always a top priority for Stena Line.”

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