Carpooling and Ridesharing at Mohawk




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.


Before Trip

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.


During Trip

  • 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.


Physical Distancing

  • 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.


Hand Hygiene

  • 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.

Safety Tips

  • Avoid vehicles in which the driver or other passengers are not properly wearing or using a mask. Masks should cover both the nose and mouth.
  • Limit the number of passengers in a vehicle.
  • Avoid carpooling with individuals not in your household or whom you do not live with.
  • Carpool with the same small group only.
  • Try your best to practice physical distancing. Sit in the backseat on the passenger side or as far away from the driver as possible.
  • Improve ventilation. Roll down windows or set the air conditioning to non-recirculation mode.
  • Avoid touching high contact surfaces including internal and external door handles, seatbelts and door frames. Wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as soon as possible after.
  • Avoid drinking or eating in a vehicle to ensure your mask is appropriately worn throughout the duration of the ride.
  • If you are the car owner, perform regular and routine cleaning to disinfect surfaces that are high contact points for hands.
    • Clean surfaces after every journey.
    • Clean surfaces when visibly dirty.
    • Clean surfaces after driving an individual exhibiting symptom or who are ill.

Ride Sharing and Taxi Services

Additional considerations for ride sharing and taxi services:

  • Stay up to date about mask requirements and policies of ride sharing services:
  • Use contactless payment methods when possible.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after handing money or helping others with personal items.


Ready to make a commitment? Try a carpool group!

Carpooling is an arrangement where two or more drivers agree to drive all members of the carpool on alternating days for a period of time. All parking spaces at Fennell and Stoney Creek campuses are eligible for carpool parking.

How does it work?

  • Share your parking permit with up to three others by adding additional license plate numbers to the permit.
  • Only one registered vehicle may use the permit to park on campus at any one time.

For more information call Parking Services at 905-575-2121.


Carpool and Rideshare FAQs


Download the Carpooling Resources (PDF)