Uber will soon require that its passengers and drivers wear face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic.
CNN Business said that the ride-sharing service is planning to carry out the requirement in the United States. The start date is unknown, but in certain parts of the country it is already a requirement for drivers to wear face coverings.
“As countries reopen, Uber is focused on safety and proceeding with caution,” a spokesperson told People. "Today, we continue to ask riders to stay home if they can, while shipping safety supplies to drivers who are providing essential trips."
Once this plan is officially implemented, the company will update drivers and passengers when it will go in effect. However, Uber is urging riders and drivers to wear face masks when using the app.
The company is also looking into “developing face-scanning” technology that would detect if the driver is wearing a face mask and following the policy.
Other parts of the travel industry are also adjusting their rules in hopes of keeping employees and customers safe.
Airlines have been making face-covering policies the new normal on flights.
On May 4, JetBlue became the first major airline to announce that it would require all passengers to wear face coverings during travel to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Travelers will now be asked to cover their mouth and nose during check-in, boarding, while in flight and deplaning.
Previously, the airline required all crew members to wear face coverings while working.
Following on JetBue's heels, Delta, American and United also announced they would require both employees and customers to wear face masks or face coverings.
In addition, American Airlines will begin distributing sanitizing wipes and face masks to customers who board its planes, according to a statement released.
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