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As states begin to loosen Coronavirus restrictions and open back up, Uber is thinking ahead on how to best “restart” their rideshare business. According to CNN Business, Uber executives met last week to discuss new policies for both drivers and riders to help prevent the further spread of Covid-19.
One such policy is the requirement of face masks to be worn by both drivers and riders. Not only is Uber stating that they are requiring face masks to be worn when within rideshares but they are also developing new technology that will be able to detect if their drivers are in fact complying with wearing their face masks appropriately. They also plan to look into ways that will hold riders accountable as well.
"As countries reopen, Uber is focused on safety and proceeding with caution. Today, we continue to ask riders to stay home if they can, while shipping safety supplies to drivers who are providing essential trips. At the same time, our teams are preparing for the next phase of recovery, where we will all have a role to play," said Uber's head of safety communications Andrew Hasbun.
In April, Uber stated that it would begin shipping masks to all drivers, however, many drivers have stated that they have yet to receive a mask, or any other safety supplies, from Uber. With Uber’s new policy to enforce mask wearing, they plan to once again buy and ship tens of millions of masks to their drivers and delivery workers.
Are you still driving for Uber? What do you think of this new policy?