Uber Requires Faces Masks for Drivers and Riders

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Uber has announced that they’ll requiring face coverings for all passengers and drivers effective May 18, 2020. This new policy applies to all markets in which they operate, and doesn’t have an end date in place.

Additionally, Uber will be making another change that won’t allow any passengers to sit in the front seat, instead all passengers will be in the back seat. This new change limits up to 3 riders per car.

Uber Face Covering Policy:

  • Face covers or masks will be mandatory for everyone riding or driving with Uber. This policy is designed to help protect the health and safety of you and your driver, and will go into effect on May 18, 2020.
  • When wearing a face cover or mask, make sure it covers your face from the bridge of your nose down to your chin.
  • For more information on how to wear a face cover or mask, tap here.

No Front-Seat Passengers

  • To allow for more distance between you and your driver, we are advising riders to no longer sit in the front seat.
  • This means every ride with Uber will have one less passenger seat available. For example, rides with UberX can have a maximum of 3 passengers—allowed only in the back seat.
  • As the global leader in rideshare, we’re proud to put safety at the heart of everything we do. Look out for more updates next week about how we’re expanding our commitment to your safety.

Bottom Line

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen and will continue to see many changes being implemented throughout the travel industry. I think both of these policies are a step in the right direction as they protect to drivers and the passengers.

If you still haven’t tried Uber yet, you can still get a credit towards your first ride here or your credit can be applied to your UberEats order instead.

Do you plan on taking an Uber any time soon? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. Face masks simply cannot stop individual virus particles because they are too small and the majority of masks don’t provide a tight enough fit.

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