An Uber Canada spokesperson has confirmed in an emailed statement that its drivers and passengers will no longer need to wear masks while using the service starting April 22, CTV News is reporting.
“In accordance with provincial public health guidelines, masks will no longer be required when using Uber in Canada (except Quebec) effective this Friday, April 22,” the spokesperson said. The company, however, still encourages wearing a mask while sharing a ride.
“As per Health Canada’s advice, we still strongly recommend wearing a mask depending on personal risk factors and infection rates in your area.”
Uber Canada also says that riders can message their driver in advance through the app if they want the driver to wear a mask, and always have the right to cancel a trip in accordance with Uber’s usual cancellation policy.
“As we move forward, and mask guidance and COVID-19 protocols continue to evolve, we’re committed to maintaining policies that help everyone on our platform remain as safe as possible,” Uber Canada said in the statement.
The policy does not apply to the province of Quebec which extended its mask mandate until April 30 amid a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.