Lyft Joins Uber In Requiring Both Drivers & Riders To Wear Face Masks
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Lyft Joins Uber In Requiring Both Drivers & Riders To Wear Face Masks

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Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite May 8, 2020

Lyft is joining Uber in implementing mitigation efforts to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Lyft recently announced that it will now require people using its service to wear face masks or other face coverings while on rides.

The decision comes at a time when local governments across the county prepare to ease stay-at-home orders.

“With guidance from the CDC, Public Health Agency of Canada, WHO, and local officials, Lyft is taking action to build products and implement policies that help keep riders and drivers safe, as well as empower our community to protect themselves and those around them,” said Angie Westbrock, VP of Global Operations and Head of Lyft’s COVID-19 Response Task Force. “We want these new initiatives to have a meaningful impact and set a new standard for rideshare health safety.”

Before using Lyft, every rider and driver will be required to self-certify that they will wear face masks throughout the ride, are symptom-free, and will follow CDC and local guidelines related to COVID-19. 

In addition to wearing masks, Lyft said riders and drivers will have to confirm that they will not ride or drive with Lyft if they have COVID-1 or have related symptoms.  Drivers will have to keep vehicles clean and sanitize, leave windows open when possible and avoid recirculated air when possible. 

Uber announced in early May that it will  requiring the use of face coverings.

“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,” Uber’s head of safety communications Andrew Hasbun said in a statement to CNN Business.