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Uber has announced that from Monday (15th June 2020) all passengers in the UK will need to wear a face covering when using the service.
“We’re introducing mandatory face coverings as of Monday, June 15th to help protect the health and safety of you and your driver. From Monday, if you aren’t wearing a face mask or covering, your driver has the right to cancel your ride. Similarly, you can also cancel your ride if your driver arrives and is not wearing a face covering. Finally, anyone who is repeatedly flagged for not wearing a face covering will risk losing access to the app.
Where to get a face covering When wearing a face covering or mask, make sure it covers your face from the bridge of your nose down to your chin. You can learn more about face coverings, including how to make one at home, on this government advice page.”
The evidence seems to be becoming clearer that prolonged close proximity to an infected person in a confined space is extremely high risk in terms of COVID-19 transmission. Whether face coverings are sufficient protection is a different matter, but they are probably better than nothing, so this is a good move from Uber.
Are you comfortable travelling by taxi/Uber at the moment? Do mandatory face coverings change your opinion?