Ride-hailing firms Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. have dropped their mask requirement for riders in the United States after a federal judge scrapped the mandate for public transportation, according to a WSJ report.

  • Uber called on passengers to be respectful of preference, noting that a number of people still feel safer wearing a mask. It also said passengers who are uncomfortable can always cancel the trip.
  • Uber said it would also give passengers a choice to sit in the front passenger seat, which was previously not allowed to give more distance from the drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Lyft adopted similar measures but noted that riders and drivers could cancel rides due to health safety reasons such as not wearing masks. The option, however, will be taken out from cancellation choices in the application.
  • The development comes after District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle that the mandate requiring masks on public transport was outside the authority granted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. UBER is up 4.58%, while LYFT is up 4.22%.