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This Is What You Should Know About Taking an Uber During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought seemingly endless unforeseen challenges. From the way we buy groceries to how our children are taught in school, nothing about life during COVID-19 feels normal.

This also means major changes to the ways in which we get around. Before COVID-19, you probably didn’t think twice about utilizing a rideshare service. Now, your thinking has likely changed.

Here’s what you need to know about using a rideshare service during the coronavirus:

Uber

Uber has developed a “No mask. No ride.” policy during the pandemic. Essentially, that means if you are not wearing a mask when your driver comes to pick you up, you won’t be able to enter the vehicle.

In addition, Uber recommends the following when using their services during this difficult time:

  • Wash your hands. Before and after you ride.
  • Cover your mouth and nose. If you sneeze or cough, so do into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Sit in the back. Give your driver space by sitting in the back seat.
  • Open the window. If possible, roll down the window to improve ventilation.”

Lyft

Lyft is encouraging users to “Ride responsibly” and has provided “new rules for the road.” The company has developed new policies, products, and education based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They recommend the following:

  • “Stay home if you have COVID-19 or related symptoms”
    • If you might have the virus, do everyone you would come into contact with a favor and stay home.
  • “Wear a mask, it’s required”
    • Both riders and drivers are required to wear a mask at all times. Remember: sanitize your hands after putting on, touching, or taking off your mask.
  • “Keep the car — and your hands — clean”
    • Be sure to sanitize your hands before touching any part of the car. Don’t leave any trash behind. If you need to cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue or your elbow.
  • “Sit in the back seat”
    • Sit as far away from the driver as possible. Additionally, it’s helpful to do the following:
      • Handle your own luggage
      • Bring your own water
      • Use your own phone charger
  • “Keep the car windows open”
    • Having the windows open increases air circulation, which can help reduce the transmission of the virus.

The last thing you want to do is give or get the virus while going from one place to another. Keep yourself and those around you safe by following these safety guidelines.

If you’ve been injured in a rideshare car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Let us see if we can help you recover it.

Call The Abrego Law Firm, LLC today at (404) 334-3324 to speak with our accomplished attorney about your case.

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