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Sanitization 101: Protocol for a safe elevator ride


A hand sanitizer station in the DePaul Center on the Loop Campus, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. DePaul reconfigured all of its building, offices and classrooms to comply with safety and social distancing guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic. (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)
A hand sanitizer station is located near the elevators in the DePaul Center on the Loop Campus. (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

This article is part of the university's Sanitization 101 Series, providing the DePaul community with in-depth information on the university's COVID-19 precautions, preparations and tips on how to Take Care DePaul. 

To promote safety in on-campus elevators, DePaul riders should follow these simple steps: 

  • Wear a face covering at all times.
  • If you must sneeze or cough, keep your face covering over your mouth and nose.
  • Stand apart as much as possible.
  • Save your conversations with others until after you reach your destination.
  • Use a key, shirt tail, sleeve or clean tissue to push your destination's elevator button.
  • Following your elevator ride, wash your hands or use sanitizer from one of DePaul's 700 stations located across both campuses.

Facility Operations is taking extra care to create a safe ride for everyone. High-touch points, such as elevator buttons, will be disinfected regularly, and exhaust fans will circulate and refresh air in elevators. DePaul is also in the process of upgrading both campuses' elevators with new fans that contain UV-C light technology to supply disinfected breathing air into the elevator cabs.

Riders may need to wait in line to ride the elevator to align with social distancing guidelines. Particularly on the Loop campus, stewards will limit elevator capacity, manage queueing and ensure all riders are wearing face coverings.

Take a moment to review and commit to the DePaul Community's Health and Safety Pledge, and regularly visit the Fall 2020 website for more information, guidance and resources on the university's COVID-19 efforts.  

Thank you for taking care of each other. We're all in this together.