Are there guidelines for passenger safety in a vehicle?

March 10, 2022

Yes. The updated UWM Interim COVID-Related Health and Safety Policy includes guidelines for mask requirements in UWM shuttle buses, as well as recommendations for passenger safety in vehicles. The new mask guidelines begin March 19.

You should not get in a vehicle with others if you are sick or have health concerns related to COVID-19. Otherwise, please follow these guidelines when riding in a vehicle with others:

Face coverings:

  • Masks are highly recommended when indoors or in enclosed spaces on UWM’s campuses. UWM employees and students are encouraged to continue to properly wear face coverings while in vehicles.
  • Individuals are required to wear masks on any campus shuttle buses and in BOSS vehicles. Individuals are highly encouraged to wear face coverings when two or more people are present in a university vehicle.

Social distancing:

  • Individuals are encouraged to remain at least 6 feet apart when possible in shared, enclosed spaces.
  • When planning transportation options, consider the ability to socially distance as much as possible. Passengers should handle their personal bags and belongings.
  • Avoid using the recirculated air option for the vehicle’s ventilation during passenger transport; use the vehicle’s vents to bring in fresh outside air and/or lower the vehicle’s windows.
  • Avoid contact with surfaces frequently touched by passengers or other drivers before cleaning and disinfection.
  • Passengers should sit in the same seat riding to and from the destination, if possible.

Cleaning and disinfecting:

  • Carry cleaning and disinfectant spray or disposable wipes and disposal trash bags in the vehicle.
  • Clean hands, particularly between rides, before and after pumping gas, and when switching drivers.
  • Carry tissues in the vehicle for use when someone coughs, sneezes or touches their face.

For more information and tips, please read the CDC’s guide for using transportation.