COVID-19 UPDATE, As of June 11th 2021: THE U.S. COAST GUARD STILL REQUIRES ALL PASSENGERS TO WEAR MASKS WHILE BOARDING AND TRAVELING ON BOARD THE FERRY. The Federal CDC has made it optional for passengers and crew to remove their masks while riding on the outside decks of the ferry.
To our valued customers of The Block Island Ferry: As we approach the busy summer season, please remember that masks or face coverings are still required on board all Block Island Ferry vessels. This Federal requirement applies to ALL passengers and crew, while boarding and disembarking and at all times inside the passenger cabins on board the ferry. Mask wearing is now optional for passengers and crew on open air outside decks.
Ferry passengers with vehicles: for those who remain inside their vehicles for the duration of their trip, they do not need to wear a mask, but need to do so if they exit their vehicle for any reason.
There are certain exceptions to this U.S. Coast Guard requirement, such as passengers who are eating, drinking, or taking medication for brief periods. All the exceptions and further details are found in USCG Marine Safety Information Bulletin Number 02-21 CH-1 (MSIB 02-21 CH-1).