Uber will require all drivers and riders to wear masks beginning Monday, May 18, the company announced Wednesday, in order to combat the spread of coronavirus as people begin to return to work.
The company is also providing $50 million for drivers to purchase supplies, like masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant, to use in their cars and provide to riders, it said.
"Everyone must take proper precautions not only to protect yourself, but also the driver and the next person getting in the car after," Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber's chief executive, said in a virtual press conference. "It's about protecting not only yourself but everyone around you."
Starting Monday, drivers in most of the world will be required to prove they are wearing a mask by uploading a photo through the app before logging on, Sachin Kansal, Uber's senior director of product management, told reporters.