SEATTLE, WA — The Fourth of July holiday is always an especially busy time for Washington’s ferries, but the pandemic is likely to make this holiday much, much worse.
The Washington State Department of Transportation, or WSDOT, says that more than 100 of their ferry employees are at high risk for the coronavirus and are unable to work— that has forced them to cut down on the number of daily sailings, which will make wait times and back-ups especially severe when Washingtonians begin to travel for the long weekend.
State Ferries estimate the worst of it will be Thursday for ferries heading westbound, and Sunday for boats heading east as the mass of travelers return home. The longest wait times are likely to be at the Edmonds, Kingston, Mukilteo and Clinton ferry terminals. WSDOT says all of those terminals are already fairly busy, and likely to only get worse through