Uber has announced it will be suspending its shared ride option in the United States and Canada in order to limit the spread of coronavirus. UberPool allows riders to book trips at lower costs by sharing the car with up to three other passengers. “Our goal is to help flatten the curve on community spread in the cities we serve,” said Uber Rides and Platform vice president Andre Macdonald.
Uber Eats will remain available, however, the company has stated it will abide with local authorities on adjusting its operations if needed. A spokesperson also confirmed similar steps outside the U.S. and Canada would be evaluated one case at a time.
Beginning today, Uber users in both countries will receive messages suggesting they only book rides that are essential and to “travel only when necessary.” Uber has also previously stated that it will compensate drivers and delivery people diagnosed with coronavirus or placed in quarantine for up to 14 days.
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