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Uber and Lyft drop mask requirements for drivers, passengers

Uber signage on a vehicle at Oakland International Airport in Oakland, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022.

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Uber and Lyft said Tuesday that riders and drivers are no longer required to wear masks.

“As of April 19, 2022, riders and drivers are not required to wear masks when using Uber,” the company said in updated safety guidance on its website. “However, the CDC still recommends wearing a mask if you have certain personal risk factors and/or high transmission levels in your area.”

Lyft offered a similar statement and added: “We know that everyone has different comfort levels, and anyone who wants to continue wearing a mask is encouraged to do so. As always, drivers or riders can decline to accept or cancel any ride they don’t wish to take.”

The change comes after a federal judge in Florida ruled on Monday that the CDC overstepped its authority to require masks on planes and other public transportation. The Transportation Security Administration will no longer enforce masks on public transportation, and airlines including United, Delta and Alaska have said masks are no longer required. Amtrak also made masks optional.

Uber also says that some people feel safer wearing a mask “because of personal or family health situations” so drivers and riders should respect one another’s preferences.

The Uber app still asks riders to confirm they are wearing a mask, however. CNBC reached out to Uber for clarification on why the app is still prompting users with that question, but a spokesperson was not immediately available to comment.

Uber and Lyft’s mask requirements had been in place since early in the pandemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends masks on public transportation. Prior to the judge’s ruling, the CDC had extended the federal requirements for masks on public transportation until May 3, citing rising cases of the BA.2 Omicron subvariant.

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