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YANKEE FREEDOM CURRENT SERVICE INFORMATION

***NOTE: The National Park is not affected by State and Local beach closures and our daily trips continue***
people wearing masks aboard the yankee freedom

FACIAL COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED ONBOARD THE YANKEE FREEDOM.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an Order on January 29, 2021 requiring the wearing of masks by people on public transportation conveyances or on the premises of transportation hubs to prevent spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. This Order was effective as of 11:59 p.m. February 1, 2021 and was published in the Federal Register on February 3, 2021. CDC will be amending this Order as soon as practicable, to not require that people wear masks while outdoors on conveyances or while outdoors on the premises of transportation hubs.

On June 10, 2021, CDC announced that, until it can amend the January 29, 2021, Order, it will exercise its enforcement discretion regarding certain aspects of the Order to not require that people wear masks while outdoors on conveyances or while outdoors on the premises of transportation hubs. CDC requests that Federal partners and any cooperating state and local entities exercise similar enforcement discretion. This announcement does not affect any existing exemptions or exclusions of the Order. Subject to how other federal partners and state and local entities define “outdoors,” CDC understands “outdoors” to refer to any open-air area.

Conveyance operators must continue to require all people onboard to wear masks when boarding and disembarking, and for the duration of travel, unless they are located in outdoor areas of the conveyance (if such outdoor areas exist on the conveyance). Operators of transportation hubs must require all persons to wear a mask when entering or while located in the indoor premises of a transportation hub.

All passengers on public conveyances (e.g., airplanes, ships*, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares) traveling into, within, or out of the United States (including U.S. territories) as well as conveyance operators (e.g., crew, drivers, conductors, and other workers involved in the operation of conveyances), regardless of their vaccination status, are required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth. Unless otherwise required by the operator, or federal, State, tribal, territorial, or local government, people are not required to wear a mask when located in outdoor areas of a conveyance (if such outdoor areas exist on the conveyance).

All people, including workers and members of the public, regardless of their vaccination status, are required to wear a mask while entering or when located in the indoor areas of transportation hubs (e.g., airports, bus or ferry terminals, train or subway stations, seaports, ports of entry) in the United States and U.S. territories. Unless otherwise required by the operator, or federal, State, tribal, territorial, or local government, people are not required to wear a mask when located in outdoor areas of a transportation hub.

Mask wearing and proper social distancing is also recommended and encouraged during guided tours and whenever encountering other people throughout the fort.

Answers to Some Common Questions:

Q: Do you have spaces for xx/xx/xxxx?
A: You can check day trip and camping availability online. Go to https://www.drytortugas.com/rates-reservations/ and click on the Book Now button.

Q: Do you have a waiting list I can put my name on?
A: We do not have a waiting list. If you want to try to standby for the day trip in case of no-shows please go to the Ferry Terminal on the morning you want to go. There will be a signup sheet on a clipboard at the electric car rental desk under the Ferry Terminal.

Q: Can I cancel my reservations and get a refund?
A: If your reservation was submitted before April 7, 2020 and your reservation number is less than 203333 please go to https://drytortugas.com/refund-request. If you submitted your reservation after that date please review the Reservation and Cancellation Policy statement in your confirmation email.

Q: How do I make a new day trip reservation?
A: If you are planning to take the day trip you can book immediately online at https://www.drytortugas.com/rates-reservations/.

Q: How do I make a camping reservation?
A: Camping reservations must be made over the phone by calling 305-294-7009. General availability can be checked by going to https://www.drytortugas.com/rates-reservations/ and clicking on the Book Now button. Camping is completely sold out through April 2021.

Q: I am trying to book a date for later in the year and the reservation engine says that it’s not available. Why?
A: We have maintenance days scheduled throughout the year and a two week period for annual maintenance the last week of October and the first week of November. Those days will not be available for reservations.

 

Safety Procedures

staff cleaning the yankee freedom III
Enhanced Cleaning Procedures:
Cleaning will be ongoing as close to after use as possible.
 A deep clean of the vessel will occur upon arrival at the fort where all guests will be required to disembark for this purpose.

Onboard Pedestrian Traffic Patterns:
Onboard pedestrian traffic will be predetermined with arrows on the floor/deck indicating that the port side aisle is for aft forward traffic and the aisle on the starboard side is for bow aft traffic. This will help preclude people walking in a counter direction.

All waiting areas at the snack bar, showers, and heads, will indicate a safe social distance that will be enforced by the crew.

Additional Protocol at Fort Jefferson

Guided Tours:
Proper social distancing will be required throughout the fort. Paper copies of the NPS self-guided tour will be made available for distribution.

Snorkeling Gear:

Per CDC guidelines all our snorkels, masks, fins, and vests are dipped into a solution of water and Buckeye International SaniQ, washed with fresh water, and then hung on the rail to dry. Before departure each day we spray all mouthpieces and vest with the same solution and let them sit overnight.

 

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