Carpooling safety


UBC recognizes some faculty and staff rely on carpooling to come to campus. If you need to carpool, please follow these guidelines from the BC Centre for Disease Control.

For details on  Carpooling and Sharing Vehicles while at work, please review the guidelines UBC Employees COVID-19 Use of Shared UBC Vehicles.

Please notify your supervisor if you carpool to work with others.

Before travelling to work

  • Make sure you complete your daily self-assessment.
  • If possible, commute to work with people within your household, or keep the occupancy of the car as low as possible.
  • Travel with the same people each time to avoid unnecessary contact with others.
  • Please do not come to campus if you:
    • Have symptoms of COVID-19, or someone in your household is sick with COVID-19.
    • Have travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days.
    • Have been asked by Public Health to self-isolate.

While carpooling to work

  • Spread out as much as possible. If there are two people, the driver should be alone in the front.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth.
  • Set the vehicle ventilation system to bring in fresh air from outside. DO NOT recirculate the air.
  • Open the windows to let fresh air into the car.
  • Avoid eating or drinking in the car.
  • Have each person handle their own bags and belongings.

Cleaning and hygiene

  • Practice good hand hygiene (washing, or using an alcohol based rub) before entering and exiting the vehicle. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Use a sanitizing wipe to clean high-touch points such as seatbelts, knobs and controls, visors and door handles before and after each trip. Dispose of the wipes in the garbage and always perform hand hygiene after using cleaning products.
  • If vehicles are shared on the job, clean between each shift.
  • Keep tissues and hand sanitizer available in the vehicle. Practice cough and sneezing etiquette.


To download the carpooling safety poster for your space, visit the Covid-19 Communications Resources page.