A quiet Easter weekend showed people sticking to guidelines and staying at home, according to a statement from ferry operator CalMac today (Tuesday 14 April).
Just 163 people travelled by ferry in western Scotland on Easter Sunday, compared to 21,570 last year – a staggering 99.2% drop in numbers.
The ferry company last week issued a reminder that only essential travel on their lifeline services would be allowed over the Easter weekend.
And today they congratulated the general public for heeding the national 'stay at home' message and leaving those ferries which did sail virtually empty of passengers.
Operations director Robert Morrison said: “There had been concerns that the good weather over the holiday weekend would encourage people to try and access the islands, but thankfully the guidance not to travel unless absolutely necessary seems to have been accepted.”
The four-day bank holiday weekend saw just 1,837 making a ferry journey across all of CalMac's 28 routes, compared to 112,000 for the same period in 2019.
Robert said: “Reports from ports over the weekend showed that that no vehicles were stopped from boarding. This, combined with the extremely low passenger number, tells us people are listening to government guidelines to stay at home. We are only carrying lifeline supplies and essential workers needed to keep island economies running and communities safe.”
It was earlier reported that 66 parties of travellers had been refused passage on CalMac ferries in the two-week period from March 27, because their journey was not essential.
The picture shows MV Loch Seaforth making her daily crossing last week, carrying essential traffic only (Chris Murray).