Mask slackers will now have to provide photographic proof they’re wearing a face covering before boarding an Uber.
The San Francisco-based company unveiled a new policy Tuesday stipulating that if a driver reports to Uber that a rider wasn’t wearing a mask, the rider will have to take a selfie with one strapped on the next time they summon a driver on the world’s largest ride-hailing service,
The mask verification rules expand upon a similar requirement that Uber imposed on its drivers in May to help reassure passengers worried about being exposed to the novel coronavirus that has upended society. Now, Uber believes it’s time to help make its drivers feel safer, too.
The requirement will roll out in the U.S. and Canada later this month before coming to other parts of the world.
Follow these 3 simple steps to help keep everyone safe when you ride with Uber 👇— Uber (@Uber) August 27, 2020
✅ Wash or sanitize your hands
✅ Wear a face cover or mask
✅ Air it out — windows down. pic.twitter.com/efR1ehsJUI
The additional safety measures are part of Uber’s ongoing efforts to rebuild a service that has seen ridership plunge this year. People have been seeking to minimize the chances of becoming sick and and also have had fewer reasons to go anywhere, with offices, bars, restaurants and nightclubs closed through much of the U.S. and other parts of the world.
The adverse conditions caused the number of trips on Uber during its most recent quarter to plunge by 56% from the previous year.
The necessary precautions are part of Uber ‘s continuing attempts to restore a service that this year saw ridership fall. People also tried to reduce the risk of being sick and also thus found less opportunities to go out, with workplaces, pubs, shops, and nightclubs closing across most of the U.S. and other areas of the country.