Uber Is Now Requiring Drivers and Passengers to Wear Face Masks Indefinitely!
What began as a requirement to get through the pandemic has now become a company policy. Uber is now extending their face mask requirement indefinitely for both drivers and passengers. This new policy will be enforced throughout the U.S and Canada.
Uber is taking this stance due to the continuous rise in coronavirus cases. The original mask requirement was suppose to expire at the end of June, now the ride share service is incorporating it into the company culture.
“Extending our ‘No Mask, No Ride’ policy is the right thing to do,” Uber said in a statement. “We want to send a clear message to everyone using Uber that we all have a role to play to keep each other safe.”
The decision was also urged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition Uber also surveyed over 600 random drivers. The result was an overwhelming amount of drivers felt safer with the mandatory mask policy.
To drive home their stance, Uber also launched a TV and social media ad campaign entitled “No mask, No Ride.” The ads depict Uber and Uber Eats drivers working through the pandemic. It also began to send notifications to drivers reminding them to wear their masks while on duty.
Since requiring masks, Uber stated that over a million drivers logged over 100 million trips. (This total doesn’t include Uber Eats). If a driver does show up without a mask, passengers are able to cancel their trip without penalty. It’s worth noting that Lyft also has a mandatory mask policy in place as well.