Just as the coronavirus pandemic has forced automakers to reconsider how they assemble vehicles, it has pushed Uber to introduce new guidelines now that the world is beginning to reopen. Beginning next Monday, May 18, both riders and drivers will have to wear masks or face coverings for the duration of Uber trips.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a blog post that an online checklist will ask whether drivers and riders have taken certain safety measures before using the service. A selfie taken by the driver and then processed by a new technology will verify that a driver is wearing a face mask; a driver not wearing a mask won’t be able to get online. Riders will have to sit in the back seat and agree to windows being open for increased ventilation.
How strict have things been in your area? I have started using both masks and gloves but was told I will need to turn passengers away if they refuse to wear a mask.
They have been very strict. They now use face detection to ensure drivers are wearing masks. I don't know how this will be helpful considering they can easily just take them off afterward.
They started that here before they issues the verification. I don't mind wearing a mask but when I need to use my driving glasses at night, it is an issue for me. I haven't really been able to work at night like I usually do because it is too risky.
Sure. It's important for the safety of both the drivers and their passengers. Coronavirus is real and deadly
The move is an attempt by the firm to restore momentum in its core ride-hailing business as countries look to gradually start lifting their coronavirus lockdown restrictions.Drivers and riders will be required to wear face masks and coverings in an effort to stop the spread of the disease. But unlike riders, drivers will now be required to verify that they’re wearing face masks by taking a selfie before accepting a booking. Riders will also be required to sit in the back seat.
In order to make sure drivers are taking precautions and ensuring their cars are clean, Uber is spending $50 million to procure masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant sprays, gloves, among other things, to send to their drivers. Started since May 18, both riders and drivers have been wearing masks or face coverings for the duration of Uber trips.