Tampa’s Pirate Water Taxi will resume daily operations starting Friday with a reduced capacity and lots of hand sanitizer, the company has announced.
“We are excited to get back on the water, especially with our brand new 100-passenger water taxi, which will come in handy with social distancing,” said Pirate Water Taxi president and CEO Troy Manthey in a news release. “The health and safety of our crew and riders has always been our top priority. We are taking all necessary precautions to resume operation safely.”
The waterside taxi service started four years ago has 15 stops around downtown Tampa along the Hillsborough River.
New protocols include reduced capacity to ensure six-foot social distancing. All guests will receive hand sanitizer at boarding, and the water taxis will be sanitized every hour, along with high touch points more frequently, a company news release said. The crew will receive health screenings that include temperature checks before starting shifts and are required to wear a mask.
Friday marks the official launch of the new 100-passenger taxi, Captain Jack II. The larger vessel, which was custom-built for Tampa, offers double the capacity and many upgrades. It is equipped with a bar, outside and indoor climate-controlled seating and has a restroom compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act standards, the company said.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children to hop on and off all day. For information, visit piratewatertaxi.com.
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