Uber will mandate riders and drivers to wear face masks starting May 18th

Following Lyft, Uber introduces new rules to protect its users during the coronavirus pandemic. Beginning May 18th, Uber will require drivers, delivery drivers and riders to wear a face shield before they can use the service. The company is introducing a new safety checklist feature that requires its contractors in the US, Canada, India, and parts of Europe and Latin America to bring a self-identification card to prove that they are wearing a face shield or mask.

Similarly, drivers must go through their own checklist before they can enter an override. The app will ask them to confirm that they are wearing a mask and that they have washed or disinfected their hands. Both groups can cancel a trip without penalty if someone shows up without proper protection. “Drivers who repeatedly violate the mask policy risk losing access to Uber,” the company said.

Uber plans to maintain the policy until the end of June and reassess the situation at that time. The company was also quick to note that the new checklist function does not compare self-drivers and delivery staff with the company’s existing photo database. It will also not process any biometric information.

In addition to the checklist function, the company will propose that UberX drivers will only carry a maximum of three passengers at any given time. It has also earmarked $50 million to purchase cleaning and security materials for its contractors.