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Pirate Water Taxi back in service Friday with reduced capacity and new vessel

Pirate Water Taxi
Posted at 2:32 AM, May 15, 2020

TAMPA, Fla. — Pirate Water Taxi is launching a new 100-passenger vessel Friday as it resumes service for the first time in nearly two months. It will be operating at reduced capacity.

Jennifer Richardson, Director of Marketing, says the new vessel will make it much easier for passengers to space out.

Riders can also expect to see more hand sanitizing stations and are asked to use it before and during the trip.

Richardson says crews members will be getting temperature checks prior to shifts and will be wearing masks on board.

It is not required for passengers to wear masks, but it is encouraged.

According to Richardson, crew members will be making sure groups are a proper distance away from each other.

“If a group sits down on a bench, we will make sure there is six feet between them and the next group sitting down so that people are spaced out and not sitting too closely,” said Richardson. “It’s great that we have this new 100 passenger vessel. That’s gonna allow us to social distance a lot easier than our smaller vessels.”

You can buy tickets online if you would like to avoid doing it in-person.