Lyft to require masks, health self-assessment for riders

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If you want a lift from Lyft, you’ll have to take your temperature first.

The ride-hailing company has announced a new health and safety policy being put in place during the coronavirus pandemic.

Drivers and riders will need to wear masks at all times, and the latter must submit a health self-assessment and commitment on the app prior to booking a trip. It confirms that they don’t have any COVID-19 symptoms (including a fever), do have clean hands, won’t sit in the front seat and will keep the windows open when possible to help circulate fresh air through the vehicle.

A protestor wears a face mask and gloves as Uber and Lyft drivers with Rideshare Drivers United and the  Transport Workers Union of America conduct a ‘caravan protest’ outside the California Labor Commissioner’s office amidst the coronavirus pandemic on April 16, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

A protestor wears a face mask and gloves as Uber and Lyft drivers with Rideshare Drivers United and the  Transport Workers Union of America conduct a ‘caravan protest’ outside the California Labor Commissioner’s office amidst the coronavirus pandemic on April 16, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The move comes as Lyft reports a recovery in bookings from mid-April lows, while a survey from CarGurus found 39 percent of previous ride-share customers plan to reduce or eliminate their use when coronavirus restrictions are removed.

Timing for the assessment rollout has not been confirmed. Lyft rival Uber also plans to require masks for drivers and riders, CNN reported, but has not detailed any requirements beyond that.

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