Uber and Lyft Suspend Uber Pool And Shared Rides
“Our goal is to help flatten the curve of community spread in the cities we serve.”
Uber and Lyft suspended shared-ride services Tuesday in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Uber, which suspended its Uber Pool service in the U.S. and Canada, said it also plans to issue in-app messages to riders, urging them to travel only when necessary.
“Our goal is to help flatten the curve of community spread in the cities we serve. With that in mind, we are suspending the Uber Pool service in the United States and Canada,” Uber exec Andrew Macdonald said on Twitter. “We remain in close contact with local leaders and will continue to work with them to discourage non-essential travel.”
Lyft also announced that they would be suspending pooled rides.
“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,” the company stated on Twitter.
Both companies are currently still offering their regular rides services, and Uber is still offering UberEats. Both are also headquartered in San Francisco, which has implemented some of the most rigorous restrictions in the country to prevent the spread of the virus.