Drivers, riders could get kicked off Uber for not wearing a mask, company says

Maya Rajamani
May 13, 2020 - 2:34 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Uber drivers and passengers alike will have to complete a checklist that includes coronavirus-related items like “I’m wearing a face cover or mask” and “I wash or sanitize my hands regularly” if they want to use the app, the company said Wednesday. 

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    Starting Monday, May 18, drivers in the U.S., Canada, India and most of Europe and Latin America will have to take a selfie proving they’re wearing a mask before they can go online, Uber said in a release. 

    They’ll also have to check off other items on a “Go Online Checklist,” including confirming that they don’t have COVID-19 symptoms, that they’ve sanitized their vehicles that day and that they’ve washed or sanitized their hands, the release says. 

    Passengers will have to complete a similar checklist before they can hail a ride, the company said. Anyone who rides in an Uber will have to wear a face cover, wash or sanitize their hands and “agree to sit in the back seat and open windows for ventilation,” according to the release. 

    Drivers and riders will be able to report one another for not wearing face coverings, Uber said. Riders, meanwhile, will be able to cancel trips without penalty if their driver isn’t wearing a face covering. 

    “Drivers and riders who repeatedly violate mask policies risk losing access to Uber,” the company noted. Uber is also recommending that only three people maximum ride in an UberX at a time. 

    The new protocols will remain in effect through the end of June — and possibly longer in areas where it is deemed necessary for health reasons.

    “For more than two months, Uber has been urging riders to stay home, for their safety and the safety of drivers who continue to make essential trips,” the company said in the release.

    “Now, as cities begin to reopen and people start moving again, Uber is proceeding with caution and safety top of mind.”

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