Uber to Require Passengers to Provide Face-Mask Selfies

September 2, 2020
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With face masks becoming more commonplace across the country, many still find it difficult to abide by the wearing rules. Now, Uber is unveiling a method to make sure all riders are wearing their appropriate face coverings.

The San Francisco-based company has just released a new policy that requires passengers to provide proof of mask-wearing should a driver report that they weren't wearing one on one of their rides, the AP reports.

If a driver reports a maskless passenger, the passenger will be required to provide a selfie of themselves wearing a mask the next time they want to ride. The policy is an extension of Uber's previous rule, requiring that all drivers wear face coverings.

The new rule is set to roll out in the US and Canada later in September. Then, the rule will be implemented in other parts of the world as well.

While less people are opting for ride sharing services amid the coronavirus pandemic, Uber is using the rule in an attempt to make riding safer for both passengers and drivers alike.

However, with many destinations closed due to the coronavirus, many riders still opt to stay home or find other means of getting where they need to go.

The number of Uber trips taken have plunged by 56% compared to the previous year.

The ride share company announced in May that they would be requiring all passengers and drivers to wear face coverings while using the service. This new policy is the first step the company has taken to ensure that the mask requirement is met.

“As countries reopen, Uber is focused on safety and proceeding with caution,” a spokesperson told People. "Today, we continue to ask riders to stay home if they can, while shipping safety supplies to drivers who are providing essential trips."

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