Walpole Algonac Ferry is temporarily closing due to COVID-19 concerns.
“The Walpole Algonac Ferry has been in consultation with our First Nation community, Chief and Council, Canada Border Services Agency and the United States Customs and Border Protection agency,” said Lorne Loulas, general manager of the ferry, in a media release.
“After careful consideration of our treaty rights and sovereignty, in light of the COVID-19 situation, we have made the decision to temporarily close our port of entry to protect our communities most valuable and most vulnerable at this time.”
Loulas said the ferry will remain open for the rest of today (March 20, 2020) in order to bring “our First Nation and Canadian Citizen workers back to Canada.
“We will maintain staffing to keep an emergency vessel available to cross border police, fire, and ambulance services and support that may be needed,” Loulas added.
The Walpole Algonac Ferry will be posting on their social media platforms any changes as they arise.
“We hope this effort brings safety and security to our First Nation and surrounding communities,” Loulas said.
“Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Details, here.
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