COVID-19 Carpool and Rideshare Guidance from Hamilton Public Health
Reduce the spread of COVID-19 while travelling with people outside your household
Vaccinated people should continue to follow these and all other public health measures
For the latest COVID-19 related information please visit the City of Hamilton website.
Stay home if you have:
- COVID-19 symptoms
- Travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days
- Been told to self-isolate by Public Health if you are sick or have been exposed to a Covid-19 positive case
Always complete the Daily Health Screening before carpooling to campus.
- Keep your trips as short as possible.
- Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, or mouth)
- Avoid eating or drinking in the car
- Open windows in the vehicle to allow air in. Set the vehicle’s ventilation to bring in fresh outside air. DO NOT recirculate the air.
- Spread out as much as possible. The driver should be alone in the front. Limit the amount of face-to-face contact to prevent potential exposure to COVID-19 droplets.
Personal Protective Equipment
- Masks minimize the risk of potential infection in others.
- Wear a mask that covers your nose, mouth, and chin.
- Eye protection, in addition to wearing a medical mask, is recommended any time you cannot maintain 2 metres of distance indoors or outdoors and when in a vehicle, even if both people are wearing masks.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces such as seat belts, door handles, arm rests, steering wheel and other driving controls every time you leave the vehicle.
- Clean all surfaces using commercially purchased multi-surface household cleaners. If using a disinfectant, only use those which have an 8-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN) given by Health Canada that confirms it is approved for use in Canada. Check the expiry date of cleaning products before using them and always follow manufacturer’s instructions.
- Clean your hands when you get in the vehicle and when you leave with hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol).
Carpool Safety Tips
Carpooling is great for the environment but can be tricky to navigate during COVID-19. Read tips on how to keep your carpool as safe as possible.
Brought to you in partnership with Mohawk College and Hamilton Public Health.