By Zeru Peter Li
On Sunday, May 3rd, 2020, a Uber spokesperson stated that the company has been recently planning to put together a new rule in its riding policies to enforce drivers and riders in certain regions like North America to wear masks.
This new measure is expected to be in effect in the couple weeks, as the COVID-19 cases continue to climb. The ultimate reason to enforce drivers and passengers to wear masks is to eliminate the risk of containing and spreading COVID-19. As of May 3rd, 2020, there are about 3.5 million confirmed cases around the world; with over 1 million confirmed cases and 67,447 deaths in the US. According to the Mayo Clinic, face masks greatly limit the spread of the virus as it limits particulates of being breathed out. Masks also prevent droplets and big particulates from getting breathed in.
According to CNN Business, in order to really make sure drivers and passengers really follow these new rules that are about to be effective, Uber is developing a new feature in the app involving the camera to check whether or not drivers and passengers are wearing masks. Previously, Uber has developed Real-Time ID checks as a way to confirm the driver’s identity. Therefore, it should not take long for this new feature to roll out.
Uber has shifted its focus of operating directions on the new pandemic crisis. The company claims on its website that it has been supporting healthcare workers on the frontline and delivering food to places in need since the outbreak has started. We all look forward to Uber’s future as the global pandemic slowly reaches the peak of the curve.