Lyft introduced a new health initiative that will require drivers and riders to wear face masks or coverings throughout rides. Moreover, Lyft says it will present cleansing supplies and masks for drivers.
Riders and drivers should all affirm they’ll cover their faces and not ride or drive with Lyft if they’ve COVID-19 or any symptoms.
Drivers should also conform to keep their vehicles and hands clean and keep windows open when possible. Lastly, riders should agree not to ride in the front seat.
Before using or driving, both riders and drivers will be prompted to confirm they’ll follow Lyft’s new personal well-being standards. If a rider or driver repeatedly breaks the order, their accounts will be subject to suspension.
So far, Lyft has committed $2.5 million to buy hundreds of bottles of hand sanitizers and masks for drivers. To get these supplies, Lyft says it will notify drivers precisely where and when they’ll be able to pick them up.
Lyft has so far supplied individual drivers with one reusable mask and says it’s exploring partitions. Uber also announced plans to start requiring riders and drivers to put on face coverings during rides earlier this week.
Lyft’s efforts to make its rides safer comes shortly after Lyft sacked 982 workers and furloughed another 288 because of the global health crisis. In the meantime, Lyft and Uber are facing a new suit from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra over the alleged misclassification of drivers.