From Wednesday 25th March at 0500 the Cowes floating bridge will limit passengers and vehicle journeys to blue-light services and essential workers only.
Update 25 Mar 2020: IWC announced that the general public will be able to use the Floating Bridge for essential journeys, but priority will be given to the blue-light services and essential workers.
This is to ensure that staff and passengers are able to maintain social distancing, whilst keeping this vital transport link available for those who need it.
Restriction on foot passengers
Foot passenger capacity will be reduced. This means that the lower passenger accommodation will be limited to six people, and the upper deck limited to twelve people.
Car lanes might be used for foot passengers if necessary, which will mean more can be carried.
To make sure that everybody is following this new limitation, staff may ask passengers or drivers about their journey.
The definition of ‘essential workers’ will be the same as used by the government for schools, and can be found on the Government Website.
3:03pm 25th Mar 2020 – Added updated on council’s reversal.
News shared by the Isle of Wight council press office. Ed