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Uber and Lyft no longer require you to wear a mask on rides

And if you don’t like it, Uber says you can always cancel your ride.

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Things are somewhat getting back to normal. Starting today, Uber will no longer require riders to wear masks during a ride. Uber’s policy update goes into effect at the same time many airlines are updating their own mask rules.

In addition, the company recently updated its safety policy which notes riders and drivers are not required to wear masks when using Uber

Uber knows this might ruffle some feathers, and to address this, the company recommends, “if you ever feel uncomfortable, you can always cancel the trip.”

“Many people still feel safer wearing a mask because of personal or family health situations, so please be respectful of their preferences,” reads Uber’s updated policy. “And if you ever feel uncomfortable, you can always cancel the trip.”

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What about Lyft? Did they change their mask policy? Yup, they sure did. A few hours after Uber made their announcement, Lyft followed suit and updated its health safety guidelines as well.

“Now that the CDC order mandating masks on transportation is no longer in effect, starting today, we’re updating our policies for riding and driving with Lyft,” a company blog post reads.

So why the sudden change of heart? Recently, a federal judge has ruled that masks should not be required on planes, trains, buses, and other forms of public transportation, basically voiding President Biden’s mask mandate.  

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However, the CDC still advises wearing a mask “if you have certain personal risk factors and/or high transmission levels in your area.”

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Kevin is the founder and executive editor at KnowTechie. With over 15 years of blogging experience, Kevin has transformed what was once a passion project into a full-blown tech news publication. Shoot him an email at kevin@knowtechie.com

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