COVID-19 Safety Tips
Working Together to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
As more and more people are vaccinated, the threat of COVID-19 infection is reduced. However, we still recommend you take precautions and follow CDC guidelines as you return to normal activities.
General Best Practices
- Clean your hands often. Wash vigorously with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Stay home when you are sick.
Carpooling and Vanpooling Tips
- Wear a mask when sharing a ride with people outside your household.
- Limit the number of passengers in your vehicle as much as possible.
- Riders who don’t share the same household should keep their distance by sitting in the backseat if possible.
- Remember to wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.
- Regularly wipe down high touch surfaces including door handles (inside and out), steering wheel, armrests, seatbelts/seatbelt buckles, seats, and knobs (including climate control, radio, glove box, etc.). Keys and cards used to pay for gas should also be wiped down.
Valley Vanpool Tips
If your vanpool group is missing a driver or needs to be parked for an unknown period of time (more than one week) due to employer-requested telecommute or illness, please send an email to [email protected] and provide a short description of your situation. We will work with your group to explore available options.
Walking and Biking Tips
- Continue to wear a mask when others are present.
- Leave a buffer:
- Walkers: When passing other pedestrians on the sidewalk, cross the street at the corner or a painted crosswalk when you are able to do it safely. On quiet neighborhood roads, you may be able to step into the street to pass. Please look both ways and only step into the street when it is safe to do so.
- Bikers: Look over your shoulder for approaching traffic and pass people walking or biking on the left. Use your voice or a bell to let people know you are coming and avoid surprising people. If the person you are passing does not appear to hear your voice or bell, slow down and pass with caution.
- Yield to the elderly, people with disabilities, or people with kids, dogs, or cargo.
Please also check your local transit agency’s website or call them for updates.
- Wear a mask when riding transit.
- Avoid close contact with other riders and transit driver if possible.
- Avoid touching surfaces when possible.
- Use hand sanitizer.
Looking for more tips?
- Visit this CDC page for detailed recommendations from the CDC on how to protect yourself when using transportation options.
- Visit this CDC webpage for the latest information on how to protect yourself and others, what to do if you or a family member feel sick, or if you believe you may have been exposed to the virus. For the latest on the State of Oregon’s response to the virus, visit the State’s COVID-19 resource page.