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Uber Canada removes mask requirement for drivers and passengers starting April 22


Uber Canada says face masks will no longer be required for drivers and passengers starting Friday, April 22.

This policy change does not apply in Quebec.

“In accordance with provincial public health guidelines, masks will no longer be required when using Uber in Canada (except Quebec) beginning this Friday, April 22,” a spokesperson for Uber Canada said Tuesday. in a press release.

But the ride-sharing company says it still recommends wearing a face mask.

“However, based on advice from Health Canada, we still strongly recommend wearing a mask based on personal risk factors and infection rates in your area,” the statement read.

Drivers will have the right to require passengers to wear masks and can cancel rides if the passenger refuses, according to Uber Canada. Likewise, if the rider does not wish to wear a mask, they can cancel a ride according to Uber’s usual policies.

Lyft Canada, one of Uber’s main competitors, appears to be sticking with its mask mandate for now.

“At this time, our onboard health safety guidelines — including the mask requirement — remain in effect across Canada,” Lyft spokesperson Gabi Condarco said in an emailed statement.

Meanwhile, Beck Taxi in Toronto tweeted that they had not changed their policy, likening the interior of a vehicle to a “high risk environment”.

“If you are in a Beck, drivers and riders are still required to wear a mask. The interior of a vehicle is a high-risk environment, so until further notice keep your masks on,” the taxi company said.

The news comes a day after a Florida judge ruled mask requirements for transit through the United States illegal. This means masks have become optional for US airlines for the first time since the US government implemented them in February 2021. As Star reporter Alex McKeen explains, this change south of the border n has no impact on Canadian airlines, but may affect Canadians traveling to the US

Uber and Lyft in the United States announced online earlier Tuesday that masks are optional when riding or riding in their vehicles, according to The Associated Press.

With a dossier by the Associated Press

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