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.
Safety is always our priority. We are actively monitoring the Coronavirus situation and are taking steps to help keep our communities safe in all the cities that we serve.
Learn more → https://t.co/zH3Yam5P7D
— Uber (@Uber) March 12, 2020
We’re committed to supporting our community and helping to keep you safe in the cities we serve:
✔️ $0 Delivery Fee for local restaurants in the US & Canada
✔️ You can request food be left at your doorstep
✔️ We’re committing 300K+ meals to healthcare workers & first responders
— Uber Eats (@UberEats) March 16, 2020