Stena Line has issued an update on its ferry services from the UK to the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands in the light of the rapid pandemic spread.
Due to new measures imposed by the Irish Government and the Government of the Netherlands over the weekend against travel from England, there are now restrictions placed on passenger travel into both countries.
For at least the next 48 hours, passenger travel is not permitted on Stena’s services from the UK into the Republic of Ireland, except for essential supply chain workers.
This affects the Holyhead to Dublin and Fishguard to Rosslare services.
As for the Netherlands, until further notice, no passenger travel is allowed from the UK. This affects the Harwich/Hook of Holland service.
These restrictions do not affect travel to the UK from either the Republic of Ireland or Netherlands, which is still permitted for essential reasons in line with government guidance.
Freight services, including accompanied movements by freight drivers, are unaffected by the above restrictions.
Stena Lines’ service from England and Scotland to Northern Ireland, or from Ireland to France are also not affected. All remain operational and are carrying passengers for essential reasons.
All services remain fully operational and are sailing to the existing timetables, Stena said.
Meanwhile, UK transport union RMT has called for urgent UK Government support to protect Eurostar and ferry jobs and services as the COVID crisis deepened.
This comes as thousands of jobs could be caught in the crossfire of the overnight closures to UK traffic across Europe.
General Secretary, Mick Cash, said; “Thousands of workers on Eurostar, on the ferries and at our ports have been caught in the crossfire of the border crisis that has developed overnight and escalated this morning.
“RMT is calling for an urgent package of Government support and protection for the staff and services impacted by the decision to suspend operations.
“We will be looking for emergency tripartite talks with the employers and Government to ensure that the practical and financial underpinning required is made available without delay.”