In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have mandated face coverings for drivers and passengers. Per official guidelines from government organizations and agencies, face coverings like homemade masks reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Some drivers, passengers, and others believe rideshare companies are not doing enough to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to their workers. As a result, both Uber and Lyft are holding a mask distribution event in Daly City, California.
The mask distribution event will take place on June 19 at the parking lot of the shuttered Uber Greenlight Hub, at 950 John Daily Boulevard. The event starts and noon and will run until supplies run out. The overall goal is to provide 1,000 to 2,000 masks to rideshare drivers.
Daly City is located in San Mateo County. As of June 15, the county has seen over 2,500 COVID-19 cases and 99 COVID-19-related deaths. California, as a whole, has recorded nearly 150,000 positive cases, with over 5,000 deaths.
Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies are expecting the ramifications of the pandemic to be long-lasting. It’s likely drivers and riders will be required to wear masks for the foreseeable future. In addition to that, rideshare companies are regularly publishing updated guidelines on steps drivers can take to sanitize their vehicles, protect their passengers, and protect themselves.
Depending on the response to the mask distribution event in Daly City, it’s possible the companies could expand the program and provide masks to drivers in other cities—especially those hard-hit by the pandemic.
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