Ridesharing Safety During COVID-19

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Although current COVID-19 conditions suggest now may not be the time to use ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, new safety guidelines are available for people who need to hail a car. The major services have updated their protocols in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and are expected to continue updating them as conditions evolve.

Both Uber and Lyft have implemented safety protocols based on guidelines developed by the CDC. Although there are minor differences between each company’s policies, both require drivers and riders to wear face coverings and drivers are instructed to clean and sanitize high-touch areas of their vehicles following each ride.

Both services have added a mandatory personal health checklist for drivers, and Uber also requires drivers to verify they are wearing a face mask via selfie detecting software. Maximum rider capacity has also been reduced from four to three people, and all shared-ride options have been suspended.

Most importantly, both companies are urgently asking customers to refrain from their services if they are feeling even slightly ill. The ridesharing services are expected to continue modifying their safety protocols in response to updated CDC guidelines.

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