Uber and Lyft, the two dominant rideshare companies in Canada are introducing a variety of measures designed to protect drivers and riders from spreading Covid-19.

Lyft announced that all Canadian drivers and riders will have to self certify that they will wear a mask and are symptom free before hailing or accepting a ride. Drivers must also agree to having disinfected their vehicle and washed their hands between trips. Anyone not accepting the terms will not be able to use the service.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced that Canadian drivers, passengers and couriers would have to wear masks beginning May 18. Drivers won’t be allowed to pick up a customer unless they have verified they are wearing a mask using facial recognition software built into the Uber app. “Keeping everyone safe means that everyone must take proper precautions, not only to protect yourself, but to protect the driver and protect the next person who may being getting into the car” said Khosrowshahi of the measures. As well, drivers will have new vehicle disinfectant standards to maintain.

Both companies will help drivers with securing masks and cleaning  products as the new measures go into effect.

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