UBER is planning to make all drivers and passengers wear face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic.
As confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed 1.1million, Uber’s new face-cover policy was reportedly approved by executives in a meeting last week and should be implemented in the upcoming weeks.
As confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed 1.1million this past week, Uber’s new face-cover policy was reportedly approved by executives[/caption]
Uber drivers and passengers will soon be required to wear face coverings[/caption]
The new guidelines would be applied to various countries, including the United States.
An Uber spokesperson told CNN Business: “As countries reopen, Uber is focused on safety and proceeding with caution.”
“Our teams are preparing for the next phase of recovery, where we will all have a role to play.
“We’ll communicate updates directly to users when ready, but in the meantime, we continue to urge all riders and drivers to wear masks or face coverings when using Uber.”
The ride-hailing company – which already recommended the use of face coverings – has reportedly shipped or is in the process of packing and shipping 1.4million face masks across the US.
New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., have been marked as locations for priority delivery amid the coronavirus pandemic because those city’s have already enforced similar guidelines.
The company is also developing a technology to determine if drivers are following the new rules.
In early April, Uber announced it started shipping disinfectant sprays to some drivers.
Two weeks later, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that residents who choose to take “for-hire” vehicles, like Lyfts or Ubers, or public transportation like trains or buses, must wear a mask while doing so — saying it’s “one of the best things we can do.”
CNN Business reported that Uber is planning for the day when cities and states start put an end to the shelter-in-place orders.
Uber’s head of safety communications Andrew Hasbun told CNN Business: “Our teams are preparing for the next phase of recovery, where we will all have a role to play.
“We’ll communicate updates directly to users when ready, but in the meantime we continue to urge all riders and drivers to wear masks or face coverings when using Uber.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.”
According to the CDC, the use of a simple face covering can help limit the spread of Covid-19.
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Face coverings aren’t the only precaution being taken by Uber as three years ago the company announced its Real-Time ID Check.
The check ensures the person driving is the same person who went through Uber’s screening process.