Feb 052021


Case numbers are coming down, but we’re still seeing positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in workplaces.

It’s prompted a fresh appeal from Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon, asking people at work, and car sharers in particular, to take extra precautions.

“We’re still seeing cases spreading between work colleagues,” he said.

“It’s often not because of the workplace practices themselves, it’s more a consequence of social interaction between colleagues while at work. And in particular, the virus spreading between colleagues who are car sharing.”

One in three people don’t have any symptoms of coronavirus, and it can easily spread in the small enclosed space of a vehicle. So avoid car sharing with those outside your household or support bubble. Think twice before getting a lift to work with colleagues or taking a friend or relative grocery shopping or to a medical appointment, unless they are part of your household or support bubble.

If you have to car share, please follow these simple steps to reduce the risk of spreading the virus:

😷 Everyone should wear face coverings

↔️ Sit as far apart as possible

‍♀️ Share with the same small group of people each time

💨 Open windows for ventilation

Wash or sanitise your hands before and after your journey

Clean the car between journeys, paying attention to touch points such as door handles.