Lyft to Require Face Coverings for Drivers and Riders

Days after Uber announced that it will soon require drivers and riders to wear face masks or face coverings when using its platform, rival Lyft has said the same.

As stay-at-home orders begin to ease in certain parts of the country, Lyft said both drivers and riders will need to agree to certain precautions before they're able to accept or request a ride. The new "personal health certification" is expected to launch in the next few weeks, according to Angie Westbrock, Lyft's vice president of global operations and head of its Covid-19 Response Task Force.

The certification, which will appear in the app, will require that both drivers and riders agree to wear a face covering, not use the service if they think they may have coronavirus or related symptoms, and follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local regulations, including confirming they will "leave windows open when possible and avoid recirculated air," and that passengers will sit in the backseat instead of sitting up front with the driver.
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