Uber to operate in 31 Indian cities with social distancing measures

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Cab hailing platform Uber will be operational in 31 Indian cities that fall in orange and green zones, with additional safety and cautionary changes on rides to help maintain social distancing.

In orange zones, only one passenger is allowed in a cab, while in green zones Uber has recommended only two passengers but did not place any self-restrictions.

Uber rides will not be offered in red zones which include many of the major cities. The platform will, however, operate rides to hospitals and pharmacies for users via its ‘Uber Essential’ service in 6 cities including red zones such as Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Nashik, Bhubaneswar, and Hyderabad. It will also provide rides to healthcare workers under its ‘Uber Medic’ product that is currently live in 17 cities including some red zones.

The platform has also made it mandatory for all riders and drivers to wear masks while taking Uber rides. It also introduced free cancellations in case the driver or the rider feels there is a safety issue during the ride.

Senior citizens over 65 years of age, persons with existing ailments (comorbidities), pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 will not be allowed to use Uber cabs as directed by the government.

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