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Covid Response

Safe Travels with NYC Ferry

What To Know Before You Go

At NYC Ferry, the safety of our riders and crew is of the utmost importance. It is our objective to provide New Yorkers with a safe way to travel through the waterways of New York City. Our face-covering policy, safety-guidelines, and enhanced safety measures detailed below are designed to keep each other safe.  We’re all in this together – let’s keep each other safe.


Federal guidelines require that you must wear a face-covering when riding public transportation – and this is no exception with NYC Ferry. Masks or acceptable face-coverings are required to board and throughout the duration of your ride except for brief periods while eating, drinking, or taking oral medications.

Those riders under the age of 2 years are not required to wear a face-covering. Those riders with a medical condition that excludes them from wearing a mask must apply 6ft between themselves and other riders while onboard NYC Ferry.

Acceptable forms of face-coverings include:

  • Masks which cover both your nose and mouth
  • Scarfs which cover both your nose and mouth
  • Bandanas which cover both your nose and mouth

The top deck of NYC Ferry is not exempt. All riders who wish to enjoy the top deck of NYC Ferry must wear a face-covering at all times.



  • Wear your face-coverings at all times (this includes while riding on the top deck of NYC Ferry)
  • Maintain 6” social distance between yourself and other riders.
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Wash your hands frequently. We have hand sanitizer stations located on the main deck of all NYC Ferry boats


During this time, NYC Ferry has enhanced our safety procedures to protect our riders and crew.

These enhanced measures include:

  • Daily temperature checks of our crew
  • Personal Protective Equipment provided to NYC Ferry crew members
  • Social distancing boarding and riding procedures
  • Hand-sanitizer dispensers located on the deck of all NYC Ferry boats
  • Contactless boarding with the NYC Ferry App
  • Frequent cleaning of high-touch areas throughout the day
  • NYC Ferry App for a contactless ticket transactions and boarding



We’ve recently launched a new NYC Ferry APP to provide you with enhanced features to make your ride a smooth one.

With the NYC Ferry App, you can:

  • Purchase and store NYC Ferry Tickets
  • Enjoy contactless boarding
  • Plan your trip
  • Receive real-time notifications and alerts
  • Track your ferry in real-time

For a contactless ride, download the NYC Ferry App.


Covid-19 Testing

Free Covid-19 testing is now available in New York City at more than 100 locations across the city. Please visit ( for more information.