Transportation

CDC has developed recommendations to protect transportation and delivery workers.

Things You Can Do to Prepare

FOOD AND GROCERY PICK-UP AND DELIVERY DRIVERS

Potential sources of exposure include having close contact with individuals with COVID-19 when picking up or delivering food or groceries or by touching surfaces touched or handled by a person with COVID-19.

  • Stay home if you are sick
    • If you develop a fever or symptoms, such as a cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice before visiting their office.
    • You should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met and after talking with your doctor.
  • Wear a cloth face covering
    • CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas where a lot of people are infected.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals as much as possible when picking up food, groceries or other items at restaurants or grocery stores. This helps protect both you and the workers at the restaurants or grocery stores bringing the items to you.
  • Practice contactless deliveries to the greatest extent possible. Contactless deliveries allow you to leave a delivery at a doorstep, move back to a distance greater than six feet away while verifying receipt of the delivery with the person getting the delivery. Try to do all interactions electronically (e.g., in an app or over a phone). This eliminates the need for close contact between you and the person getting the delivery.
  • Limit your contact with frequently touched surfaces during pickups and deliveries, such as countertops, elevator buttons, doorbells, door handles, radio buttons, etc.
  • Avoid sharing scanners, pens or other tools with customers.
  • Use a foot, shoulder, elbow, hip or forearm instead of hands when opening doors at pick-up and delivery sites, if possible.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
    • Key times to clean hands include:
      • Before, during and after preparing food
      • Before eating food
      • After using the toilet
      • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
    • Additional times to clean hands on the job include:
      • Before and after work shifts
      • Before and after work breaks
      • Before and after making a delivery
      • After putting on, touching or removing cloth face coverings
      • After touching frequently touched surfaces such as doorbells or door handles
      • Before wearing and after removing cold-weather gloves
      • Before and after pumping gas
  • Carry tissues in your vehicle and use them when you cough, sneeze or touch your face. Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Get and carry cleaning and disinfectant spray or disposable wipes and a trash bag with you in your vehicle.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces at the beginning and end of each shift, particularly if the vehicle is also used by other drivers, following the directions on the cleaning product’s label. Clean surfaces that are visibly dirty with detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. Frequently touched surfaces include the steering wheel, gearshift, signaling levers, door handles and seatbelt buckles.
  • Wipe down items such as pens and electronic signature pads/mobile devices if shared with a delivery recipient after each use.

BUS TRANSIT OPERATORS

Potential sources of exposure include having close contact with a bus passenger with COVID-19, by contacting surfaces touched or handled by a person with COVID-19 or by touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

  • Limit close contact with others by maintaining a distance of at least six feet, when possible.
  • Consider asking bus passengers to enter and exit the bus through rear-entry doors.
  • Request passengers avoid standing or sitting within six feet of the bus driver.
  • Avoid touching surfaces often touched by bus passengers.
  • Use gloves if required to touch surfaces contaminated by body fluids.
  • Practice routine cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces, including surfaces in the driver cockpit commonly touched by the operator.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
    • Key times to clean hands in general include:
      • Before, during and after preparing food
      • Before eating food
      • After using the toilet
      • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
    • Additional times to clean hands on the job include:
      • Before and after work shifts
      • Before and after work breaks
      • After touching frequently touched surfaces, such as fareboxes and handrails
      • After putting on, touching or removing cloth face coverings
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

RIDESHARES, TAXIS, LIMOS AND DRIVERS-FOR-HIRE

Potential sources of exposure include having close contact with passengers with COVID-19 or touching surfaces touched or handled by a person with COVID-19.

  • Stay home if you are sick
    • If you develop a fever or symptoms such as a cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice and guidance before visiting their office.
    • You should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met after talking with your doctor or nurse.
  • Wear a cloth face covering
    • CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas where there may be a lot of infected people.
  • Avoid providing pooled rides or picking up multiple passengers who would not otherwise be riding together on the same route.
  • Tell the passenger to sit in the back seat; do not let passengers sit in the front seat.
  • Avoid close contact with passengers, when possible.
    • Keep a distance of at least six feet from passengers when you are outside the vehicle.
    • Ask that passengers sit six feet from the driver when transporting passengers in larger vehicles such as vans and buses.
    • Consider asking passengers to handle their own personal bags and belongings during pick-up and drop-off.
  • If you work for a company that offers a large fleet of vehicles, ask company management for a car/taxi (when applicable) with a partition between driver and passengers, if available.
  • Avoid using the recirculated air option for the car’s ventilation during passenger transport; use the car’s vents to bring in fresh outside air and/or lower the vehicle windows.
  • Avoid offering items such as water bottles or magazines often provided for free to passengers.
  • Avoid contact with surfaces frequently touched by passengers or other drivers, such as door frame/handles, windows, seatbelt buckles, steering wheel, gearshift, signaling levers and other vehicle parts before cleaning and disinfection.
  • Get and carry cleaning and disinfectant spray or disposable wipes and disposal trash bags with you in your vehicle.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
    • Key times to clean hands include:
      • Before, during and after preparing food
      • Before eating food
      • Before and after using the toilet
      • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
    • Additional times on the job to clean hands include:
      • Before and after work shifts
      • Before and after work breaks
      • After handling passengers’ personal belongings, if unavoidable
      • Between rides and after handling/exchanging money
      • After putting on, touching or removing cloth face coverings
      • Before wearing and after removing cold-weather gloves
      • Before and after pumping gas
  • Carry tissues in your vehicle to use when you cough, sneeze or touch your face. Throw used tissues in the trash.