Guidance for Carpooling

COVID-19 Symptoms

If you are experiencing any of the below COVID-19 symptoms, DO NOT carpool. Drivers & passengers who have any of the below signs and symptoms are asked to stay home and self-isolate.

  • Cough
  • Fever / Chills or Shakes
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Runny Nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • New Loss of Taste or Smell
  • Diarrhea


Additional Resource Links:

  1. Ministry of Health at
  2. Public Health Agency of Canada at
  3. Government of Canada at or call 1-833-784-4397
  4. Government of Ontario at 
  5. Toronto Public Health at

Carpooling Etiquette

  1. Refrain from carpooling if you can. Walking and cycling are preferred commute modes at this time as you can maintain better physical distancing. Physical distancing means keeping a distance of at least two metres from others at all times.
  2. Reduce the number of passengers in your vehicle – 1 passenger maximum at any time. 
  3. A passenger MUST sit in the back seat (diagonal from the driver).
  4. Be Exclusive. Reduce your risk to exposure by limiting the number of different individuals you carpool with.
  5. If possible, keep the windows open during your commute.
  6. Store all personal belongings in the trunk.
  7. Use personal protective equipment whenever possible.
    a. Passenger and driver MUST wear a non-medical face covering.
    b. Both passenger and driver should consider wearing protective gloves.
  8. Both passenger and driver MUST thoroughly wash their hands before entering the vehicle.
  9. Avoid all contact between driver and passenger.
  10. Sneeze or cough into your sleeve or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
  11. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  12. Thoroughly disinfect vehicle regularly. 
  13. Respect your driver’s cleaning supplies, distance, or other safety precautions.

Click here to download the Carpooling Etiquette one-pager.


Additional Resource Links:

  1. Physical Distancing: 
  2. Personal Protective Equipment Information: 
  3. Hand Washing Infographic: 
  4. Cover Your Cough Infographic: 
  5. Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings: 
  6. Hand Sanitizers authorized by Health Canada:

Cleaning & Disinfecting of Vehicles

To minimize the risk of virus transmission, it is important to both clean and disinfect frequently touched vehicle surfaces with disinfecting wipes before and after you share a ride with other individuals.
Frequently touched surfaces include:
• Exterior/Interior Door Handles
• Arm Rests
• Buttons for Windows, Locks, Seat belts & Temperature Controls
• Sun Visors
• Steering Wheel
• Seat Belts
• Rear-view Mirror
• Cup Holder
• Gear Stick/Turn Signals/Seat & Mirror Adjustors
• Air Vents
• Keys & Fobs

Things to consider:
• Make sure that the cleaning/disinfecting of vehicles is performed on a regular basis.
• Disinfectants should have a drug identification number (DIN) if approved for use in Canada.
• Check the expiry date. If a cleaning product has expired, do not use it.
• Always follow manufacturer’s recommendations.

Click here to download the one-pager on cleaning and disinfecting of vehicles.


Additional Resource Links:

Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings:

Vehicle Checklist

  1. Vehicle has a closed lid dispenser lined with a plastic bag.
  2. Driver and passenger have washed / sanitized hands.
  3. Driver and passenger MUST have facial masks.
  4. Driver and passenger are wearing gloves.
  5. All personal belongings have been stored in the trunk.
  6. Passenger MUST be located in the rear passenger seat (diagonal from the driver).
  7. Driver and passenger windows are open.
  8. Vehicle has COVID-19 symptom checklist displayed.
  9. Vehicle has Carpool Etiquette displayed.