Residents Reminded About Public Health Guidelines for Taxi Travel
The Department of Health and Community Services is reminding residents about the public health guidelines in effect when travelling by taxi.
Restrictions on the number of passengers allowed to ride in a taxi remain in place and have not changed. For the safety of drivers and passengers, front seat passengers are not allowed during Alert Level 2. Three passengers are allowed to travel in a minivan, while two passengers are allowed to travel in a sedan.
Drivers may allow members of the same family bubble to ride together.
Taxi operators should avoid handling money, if possible. Digital and contactless payment methods may help to reduce contact between the driver and passengers. If operators must collect money from passengers, they should immediately clean their hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer after handling any money.
Taxi operators are also encouraged to continue providing hand sanitizer for passengers to use when they enter the vehicle.
Operators should establish a routine cleaning schedule for all vehicles. Surfaces that have frequent contact with hands should be cleaned and disinfected:
At least twice a day;
When the vehicle is visibly dirty;
After transporting passengers for medical appointments; and,
After transporting passengers who display respiratory symptoms like coughing or sneezing.