When can we unmask in an Uber and a Lyft?
Let’s talk about an update for Uber and Lyft’s mask policy, what it is, and when can we expect it to actually end.
Where Mask Policies are at Today: CDC Still Requires Masks
A lot of drivers are sick and tired of wearing masks. Passengers are as well, too; but yet, the mask policy remains for whenever anybody is traveling inside the US when it comes to rideshare.
Now, this is different from state mandates that are loosened up or not. This does not include rideshare driving in all states because it is under the CDC guidelines, and the CDC says that anytime you’re in public transportation, you’re supposed to be wearing masks. This is an order that went into effect at the beginning of this year. It is still in effect.
I have heard reports saying that around the September timeframe, that could be different. Once that is changed, it is very likely you’re going to see Uber and Lyft’s policies change as well. So that means no more masks once CDC rescinds that policy.
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Uber is Changing Their Mask Verification Practices
Uber has changed how they’re going to deal with masks and drivers and verification, things like that. It has shifted quite a bit from taking selfies pretty much all of the time to maybe taking selfies once in a while.
This info below is directly from Uber. If you haven’t seen this yet, well, you probably haven’t been driving.
It says, “Mask verification selfie update. First and foremost, thank you for driving with Uber and helping to keep your community safe by wearing a mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
This week, you’ll notice that you’re no longer required to take a mask verification selfie before going online, but masks are still required even if you’re vaccinated. This policy is in line with the CDC’s guidance for public transport, which includes ridesharing.
Please note, you’ll still have to confirm that you’re wearing a mask by completing the safety checklist once a day before you go online for the first time. Remember, do not drive or deliver if you have COVID-19 or related symptoms.
If your rider is not following our safety policies, you can cancel the ride without penalty. Here are tips from the other drivers on how to help get riders to wear a mask. As cities continue to reopen our policies may change. We’ll let you know when that happens.”
They’re loosening the verification process, and that just means that you’re still supposed to be wearing a mask, but you’re not going to be doing the tedious stuff every single time, which is kind of a nice thing.
When Can We Take the Masks Off?
When can we take the masks off? It’s probably looking around the September timeframe, at least from some things that I’ve been seeing and hearing through the grapevine when it comes to how long this is going to be into effect for.
The difference is though, that’s not necessarily the case. It could actually end before this video goes out. It just depends on when the CDC changes its guidelines.
What you see on the screen right now is talking about the effective date of this particular order.
It says, “This order shall enter into effect on February 1st, 2021, at 11:59 PM and will remain in effect unless modified or rescinded based on specific public health or other considerations, or until the Secretary of Health and Human Services rescinds the determination under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act that a public health emergency exists.”
Like I said, once these things change at the CDC, Uber and Lyft will likely change along with it, which means they will probably drop the mask mandate. Woo!
It’s time to move on, right? Well, we still are in the midst of a pandemic, even though it looks like it’s waning down. Things are reopening. Things are getting back to pre-pandemic and normal, as we like to call it. So hopefully, everything will fall back in line very soon.
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What are your thoughts on this? Do you think that the mask policy needs to go away? Do you like the mask policy? Do you think that the mass policy is helping to keep UberPool away? Comment your thoughts below.
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