Update: Lyft has now announced that they will also drop mask requirements and will allow riders in the front seat once again.
25 months of COVID protocols are being rolled back after Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle vacated the CDC transportation mask mandate yesterday. That was welcome news for the majority of the country that has fatigued of COVID protocols and in my opinion, a win for the Biden administration which finally found an off-ramp for those protocols while maintaining cover if a new variant does cause damage down the line.
Uber announced this morning that effective immediately, riders and drivers no longer have to wear a mask.
Uber also announced that riders can once again sit in the front seat, though the company requests that the front seat only be utilized when the back seats are full.
For now, Lyft still has mask requirements in place. It would be interesting to watch the experiment if Lyft decided to keep that requirement as a point of differentiation, but as with the airlines, my assumption is that the market will force them to match Uber.
What do you think of Uber dropping mask requirements? Will Lyft drop them as well?