SANDBANKS Ferry bosses have asked passengers to remain in their cars when crossing and for people travelling on foot to keep their distance from each other.

A company spokesman said: "In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, it’s more important than ever that we all acknowledge our part to play in keeping our communities safe and well.

"At the Sandbanks Ferry Company we’re committed to minimising the risk of infection for both staff and passengers.

"We’ve already implemented enhanced hygiene processes throughout our teams, including the wearing of gloves for those who handle cash, regular hand washing breaks, and the provision of sanitisers.

"We’d like to ask you, our passengers, for your help to keep the ferry a safe and clean environment in which to travel."