Uber drivers will have to take a photo before each service to prove the use of a mask, which will also be mandatory for passengers.
In a digital meeting with journalists, the company led by Dara Khosrowshahi indicated that new protection measures against covid-19 will be mandatory in almost all of its markets: USA, Europe, Mexico, Canada and much of Latin America and Asia.
Uber had already recommended wearing a mask to its drivers, but now it goes a long way and forces them to take a photo with it on, and it must be shared on the app before passengers enter the vehicle.
As for users of the platform, they are not required to take a photo, but they must wear a mask, without which Uber has recommended to its drivers the cancellation of trips.
The company based in San Francisco, California, in the United States, also recommended that vehicle windows are kept open while traveling to improve air circulation, limiting the number of passengers that can ride in each vehicle to three, all in the rear seat of the vehicle.
Uber last week announced losses of $ 2946 million (about € 2720 million) between January and March, coinciding with the beginning of the global pandemic of covid-19, a number three times higher than the 1016 million (930 million) euros) that it lost in the same period last year.
At that time, and despite the poor results, Khosrowshahi sent an optimistic message, asserting that, after “hitting bottom” in mid-April, Uber’s accounts were recovering, little by little, in recent weeks and that, while it seemed obvious that it was not possible to make the company profitable in 2020, the delay would be a matter of “quarters, but not years”.
That same day, the company announced the issuance of 750 million dollars (692 million euros) in debt securities for “possible acquisitions and strategic transactions”.
Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 294,000 deaths and infected more than 4.3 million people in 196 countries and territories. More than 1.4 million patients were considered cured.