Starting May 18th Uber will require face masks, selfies, and fewer riders in the car

Updated: Jan 22

Come Monday drivers, food delivery people and riders will be required to go through a checklist before they can use the service. The app will ask them to confirm that they're wearing a mask and that they've washed or sanitized their hands.

Drivers will be required to take selfies before each ride to verify they are wearing a mask. Passengers will not since Uber is using the same technology it uses to verify drivers' identities. However, the company encourages drivers to cancel rides with passengers who aren't wearing mask. The company is also requesting riders and drivers to keep windows rolled down to improve air circulation in the vehicle.

Uber Eats drivers will also now have the power give low ratings and report restaurants for unsafe COVID-19 behavior. Restaurants will also be able to provide feedback if delivery driver isn't wearing a mask.

The company is also no longer allowing riders to sit in the front seat and limiting the number of riders in an Uberx to three people.

Uber plans to maintain this new policies until the end of June, when it will reassess the situation. Also, the new checklist feature won't compare the selfie drivers and delivery people take against the companies existing photo database. It also won't process any biometric information.



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