Elevator Etiquettes for a Coronavirus-Free Workplace

Dr. Syed Farhan Ali Tirmizi, MBBS, MSc – Epidemiologist

Elevator Etiquettes Guidelines


The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can spread inside elevators through respiratory droplets, contaminated aerosols, and viral transmission through keypads and push buttons. Thus, it is important to observe preventive measures when using elevators.

Preparing the Elevators for Technicians

Please forward this instructions to maintenance technicians

  • During peak hours, consider assigning an operator to each elevator to regulate passenger traffic every trip and avoid elevator congestion.
  • Post signs or notices that:
    • Inform everyone that each elevator should be occupied with only one third of its regular capacity
    • Create visual cues about social distancing on elevator floors.
    • Discourage touching anything inside elevators
  • Place hand rubs with 70% alcohol outside elevators.
  • Operating the elevators:
    • If you do not feel well, inform your companions.
    • If the technician needs to enter the elevator, avoid getting in close contact with him or her.

Observing Preventive Measures When Using Elevators

Please forward this instructions to users
  • If possible, use gloves and a face mask.
  • Face away from other passengers.
  • Push the buttons with any handy tool.
  • Avoid touching the railings, mirrors, or anything inside elevators.
  • Do not place personal items, like bags, on elevator floors.
  • Wash your hands with water and soap for at least 20 to 30 seconds or use a hand rub with 70% alcohol before and after using elevators.

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. “COVID-19: FAQ for Residential and Commercial Buildings.” NYC.
LINK. Accessed 06 May 2020.

Department of Labor, United States of America. “Occupational Safety and Health Act.” OSHA, March 2020.
LINK. Accessed 06 May 2020.

“Keep Your Distance to Slow the Spread.” CDC.
LINK. Accessed 06 May 2020.

Written By

Dr. Syed Farhan Ali Tirmizi, MBBS, MSc

Communicable Disease Control (CDC), Alberta Health Services

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