FILE PHOTO: Uber’s brand is pictured at its workplace in Bogota, Colombia, December 12, 2019. Picture taken December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez
May 13, 2020
By Tina Bellon
(Reuters) – Uber Technologies, Inc. <UBER.N> on Wednesday mentioned it should require drivers, supply employees and riders globally to wear a masks as international locations around the world start easing restrictions geared toward curbing the unfold of the coronavirus.
Beginning on Monday, the firm will require everybody utilizing its ride-hailing service in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and most Latin American and Asian international locations to wear some type of face masking and ask passengers to sit in the again.
The firm can even decrease the variety of passengers allowed on its normal Uber rides to three from 4.
Uber will launch updates to its driver and rider app to inform customers about the adjustments, executives mentioned throughout a name with journalists on Wednesday.
Repeated failure to adjust to the requirement can lead to account deactivation for each riders and drivers, the executives mentioned.
Before beginning their work every day, the app will require drivers to take a selfie with a masks, confirm that they don’t exhibit any coronavirus signs, verify that they’ve sanitized their automobiles and agree to roll down home windows throughout rides.
Uber’s Senior Director of Product Management Sachin Kansal mentioned the firm was additionally including selfie verifications for riders.
Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi on Wednesday mentioned that the firm has allotted greater than $50 million to purchase masks and sanitizers for drivers.
Uber has acquired greater than 20 million face masks and distributed some 5 million of them to date, Kansal mentioned on the name.
Driver advocacy teams have criticized Uber and its smaller U.S. rival Lyft, Inc. <LYFT.O> for putting the burden on drivers to purchase disinfectants and guarantee security.
Lyft final week introduced it might require drivers and riders to wear face coverings.
Asked whether or not Uber would offer monetary help to drivers in want of cleansing provides, Kansal didn’t present a direct reply however mentioned the firm’s pondering was “constantly evolving.”
Kansal additionally mentioned that drivers have been free to pay for and set up plastic division sheets of their automobiles.
Didi, a Chinese ride-sharing firm, is paying to set up plastic boundaries in automobiles in Beijing to shield riders and drivers.
Uber’s ride-hailing service, which is on the market in additional than 900 cities worldwide, is seeing a gradual improve in ridership in May from pandemic-induced lows in April, the firm mentioned final week.
(Reporting by Tina Bellon in New York; Editing by Aurora Ellis)