Uber Will Now Require Face Masks for All Drivers and Riders
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Uber is taking steps to protect drivers and riders from COVID-19.
As cities slowly reopen and people start going places again, Uber is updating its policies with safety in mind. Effective May 18, 2020, face covers or masks will be mandatory for everyone riding or driving with Uber.
Uber has allocated $50 million to purchase supplies like masks, disinfectant sprays and wipes, hand sanitizer, and gloves for its drivers. Before a driver or delivery person can work, they will be asked to confirm that they are wearing a mask or face cover by uploading a selfie. This is part of Uber’s new Go Online Checklist, which drivers must complete before each shift.
There is also a similar checklist for Uber riders to complete. Before every trip, riders must confirm that they’ve taken certain precautions like covering their face and washing or sanitizing their hands. Riders must also agree to sit in the back seat and open windows for ventilation.
In the event that drivers or riders feel unsafe (if your driver shows up without a face mask, for example), both drivers and riders may now cancel trips at the last minute without penalty.
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