Uber and Lyft drivers and their passengers who have been exposed to the coronavirus may be banned from using these ridesharing platforms, according to CBS News. This would apply to both those who test positive for COVID-19 and those who have been in contact with a person who tests positive.
- Uber and Lyft are suspending the accounts of drivers and passengers exposed to the coronavirus.
- Both companies are also extending financial aid to impacted drivers.
- The suspension is temporary and will be lifted as patients are medically cleared.
With numerous companies adjusting their policies to help reduce the spread of the virus, ridesharing companies are taking action to protect both their drivers and passengers. Uber said it will temporarily suspend the accounts of both drivers and passengers – something it has already done in some areas.
Last month, Uber suspended the accounts of 240 customers in Mexico over coronavirus concerns. At least one driver, who was in Queens, New York, tested positive and was hospitalized. His account has also been suspended.
Riders and passengers who test positive or have been in contact with someone who tests positive may be banned. (Photo: Getty Images)
Financial support for drivers
Uber has previously announced financial assistance for drivers who must be isolated either because of a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus. These drivers will receive 14 days of pay, although exactly how much that pay will be hasn’t been disclosed.
Lyft is also acting to keep its drivers and passengers healthy. If a driver or rider tests positive for the virus, they will temporarily be suspended from the service until cleared by medical professionals. Drivers will also be given financial support with pay based on the rides they provided over the four weeks prior to their suspension.
WHY THIS MATTERS
The nature of ridesharing puts multiple people in contact with a single surface that could be contaminated with coronavirus. By taking quick action to suspend drivers and passengers who were exposed to the virus, ridesharing companies help reduce its impact and set everyone’s mind at ease.