Uber Canada says that, after they have been urging people to stay home for the last two months, they will be introducing new safety measures as restrictions are lifted.
Most notably, passengers will be required to verify that they are wearing a face mask before being allowed to get in an Uber.
Before every trip, riders must confirm that they’ve taken precautions like wearing a face cover and washing or sanitizing their hands.
They must also agree to sit in the back seat and open windows for ventilation.
The company has also reduced the maximum suggested number of passengers for an UberX ride to three from four.
Drivers will also be required to follow different procedures to limit the spread of COVID-19.
“Before a driver or delivery person can go online, they will be asked to confirm, via a new Go Online Checklist, that they’ve taken certain safety measures and are wearing a mask or face cover,” Uber Canada explained.
“Our new technology will verify if the driver is wearing a mask by asking them to take a selfie.”
After Uber verifies that the driver is wearing a face covering, the passenger will be notified in a in-app message.
Additionally, both the driver and the passenger will have the right to cancel a trip without penalty if they feel unsafe – for example, if one party is not wearing a face mask.
The new protocols will come into effect on Monday in Canada, the United States, Latin America, India and most of Europe, and will be in place until the end of June.
Uber says that they have secured 23 million masks so far for their drivers and delivery people around the world, and they’ve allocated $50 million to purchase supplies like more masks, disinfectant sprays, hand sanitizer and gloves.