Uber to require drivers and riders to wear face masks, open windows for ventilation

Uber is adopting several safety measures starting May 18 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among drivers and riders.

Drivers and riders will have to confirm they are wearing a mask or cover before every ride, the company said. The new guidelines are in effect through the end of June.

Additional guidelines include reducing the maximum suggested number of passengers for an UberX ride from 4 to 3.

Delivery people and drivers will be asked to confirm through a new checklist, which requires drivers to verify they are wearing a mask by asking them to take a selfie. Once verified, riders receive a notification through the app.

Riders will also have to confirm they are wearing some type of cover on their face, as well as sanitized their hands. Uber is making riders use a similar checklist to verify they are taking these precautions.

…riders must also agree to sit in the back seat and open windows for ventilation.