Thank you for your question. The current public health orders do not restrict carpooling. However, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 Manitobans are being advised to work from home if at all possible, reduce travel unless absolutely essential and to avoid socializing with people from outside their household. Since it can be difficult to maintain proper physical distancing in a vehicle the below guidance has been developed for those needing to carpool:
• Ideally, carpooling should be kept to a maximum of two people, each sitting in a different row and on opposite sides of the vehicle.
• Once individuals choose to carpool together, they should not carpool with different individuals.
• Everyone should self-monitor for illness.
• Do not go to work if sick, even if the illness is mild. Inform your carpool crew if you become ill and encourage them to self-monitor. Clean the interior of the vehicle frequently, especially high-touch areas like door handles (interior and exterior), steering wheels, dashboard controls, and seat belts.
• If you are sick, stay home and do not carpool.
• Have passengers place their belongings in the trunk of the vehicle.
• Clean your hands often, do not touch your face, practice cough/sneeze etiquette and disinfect your vehicle regularly, paying particular attention to high-touch areas (e.g., door handles, window controls).
• For long or out of town trips, plan gasoline, meal, and washroom stops as much as possible to keep them at a minimum.
• Masks should be worn by those in the vehicle.