Uber, Lyft Suspend Group Rides to Halt Spread of COVID-19

Singular ride sharing, and Uber Eats, are still available

Packing together five to a car isn't the best way to avoid getting or passing along the Coronavirus.

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Uber has said that it would suspend its multi-rider option, Uber Pool, in an email to drivers, as reported by Business Insider.

What they said: "In our efforts to help protect you, your riders, and our community, we've decided to suspend Uber Pool until further notice," Uber wrote in an email to its drivers.

Lyft said in a Tweet: "Lyft is pausing Shared rides across all markets. The health and safety of the Lyft community is our top priority, and we’re dedicated to doing what we can to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and base our actions on official guidance."

According to the CDC (as of March 17, 2020), the US has:

  • Total cases of COVID-19: 4,226
  • Total deaths: 75
  • Jurisdictions reporting cases: 53 (49 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)

Where it stands: Uber will continue to offer regular Uber ride service, along with Uber Eats. Lyft, as well, plans to keep its single-passenger ride sharing available for now. Uber urges drivers to encourage riders to wash their hands, cough into their elbows, and lower the windows to improve ventilation, says Business Insider.

The bottom line: If you need to be out and about, and use Uber or Lyft, taking precautions is the best idea. If you were hoping for discounted multi-passenger rides through either company, you're out of luck. Though, it may in fact keep you from contracting the disease.

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