COVID – 19 Guidelines for Washroom Use 


General Information

COVID-19 is an infectious disease that mainly spreads among humans through direct contact with an infected person and their respiratory droplets.  Respiratory droplets are generated by breathing, speaking, coughing, and sneezing.  Your exposure risk is greatest when you have prolonged close contact with an infected person. 

The virus can also spread if you touch a contaminated surface and then touch your eyes, mouth, or nose.  A surface can become contaminated if droplets land on it or if someone touches it with contaminated hands.

General Principles

  • Limit washroom use to 1 person at a time
  • Remove any unnecessary items from the washrooms
  • Consider designating one toilet/urinal for use
  • Have adequate soap for handwashing and paper towels to dry hands 
  • Place physical distancing lines outside of washrooms if people have to wait to use washroom
  • Develop cleaning schedule when washrooms are being use
  • Post instructions on use of washrooms inside and outside of washroom

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Must wear gloves and masks
  • Surfaces to clean/disinfect include: door knobs/handles/push plates; countertops; toilets/urinals, taps
  • Surfaces must be cleaned first to remove surface dirt and debris (soap & water)
  • After cleaning, apply disinfectant to the surface(s); look for recommended contact times on product instructions (most common is water and bleach – 42ml bleach to 4L of water)

How to use the washroom during COVID – 19

  • A mask should be worn when using the washroom
  • Hands should be washed with soap and water for 20 seconds after entering washroom and when leaving washroom
  • Leave washroom door open between use to facilitate air exchange
  • Leave light on in washroom while open for use