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Coronavirus in Southwest Florida: The latest info, helpful resources

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Uber driver Yasar Gorur wears personal protective equipment while cleaning his vehicle on April 14, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Gorur says he wipes down the seats in his car every 2-3 trips and wears personal protective equipment whenever he drives. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 120,000 lives and infecting over 1.9 million people. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

CNN Business is reporting that both Uber drivers and riders will soon be required to wear face masks. They explain that executives have approved the policy and requirements are expected to be rolled out in the coming weeks. In a statement, Uber said, “As countries reopen, Uber is focused on safety and proceeding with caution. Today, we continue to ask riders to stay home if they can, while shipping safety supplies to drivers who are providing essential trips. At the same time, our teams are preparing for the next phase of recovery, where we will all have a role to play.”

Additionally, CNN reports that the ride-share company is in the process of developing technology to detect if drivers are wearing face coverings before they go online and start accepting trips. They have an anonymous source that explains that the policy decision has yet to be introduced. They state, ” The company already has face verification capabilities as part of its ‘Real-Time ID-check’ feature used to verify the identity of drivers. Uber is also looking into ways to hold riders accountable.”

Due to coronavirus, Uber is also cutting 3,700 jobs, 14 percent of its total workforce. Per Business Insider, the company said in a statement, “Due to lower trip volumes in its rides segment and the company’s current hiring freeze, the company is reducing its customer support and recruiting teams.” Layoffs will cost roughly $20 million in severance and other benefits payouts. Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, will also forgo his $1 million base salary until the end of the year.