Uber tightens mandatory mask policy

Uber said Thursday it was accelerating its mask mandate, requiring any rider caught without a covering to send a selfie of their face shielded before their next trip.

The auto-for-hire app has required users to wear face masks since May due to the pandemic.

Uber said in a statement released early Thursday that drivers have reported “not everyone is following this rule. So starting today, we’ve expanded Mask Verification to riders.”

The mask verification system already required drivers to take selfies confirming their faces were covered, according to the California-based company.

Riders who repeatedly violate the mask policy could be banned. Uber said more than 1,250 riders have had their access revoked since the mask rule went into effect.

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