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Uber and Lyft are temporarily suspending carpooling to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

March 19, 2020

Both companies have decided to pause by offering a car-sharing option to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among passengers.

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This story originally appeared on PCMag

Uber and Lyft are temporarily suspending carpooling to prevent the spread of the coronavirusUber and Lyft are temporarily suspending carpooling to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

On Tuesday, Uber paused by offering UberPool in the United States and Canada, according to Reuters . The option bundles you with other customers in a single car to help reduce the cost of travel. However, the company decided to suspend the function, citing the coronavirus , which has now infected more than 5,200 people in the United States.

“Our goal is to help flatten the community spread curve in the cities we serve,” Senior Vice President Andrew Macdonald told PCMag in a statement. “With that in mind, we are suspending Uber Pool service in the United States, Canada, London and Paris. We maintain close contact with local leaders and will continue to work with them to discourage non-essential travel.”

Lyft told PCMag that the company is suspending its own ride-sharing option in all of its markets.

“The health and safety of the Lyft community is our top priority, and we are dedicated to doing what we can to curb the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will base our actions on official guidance,” said the company in a statement.

All other travel options appear to be available on both services. So you can still share a car with your friends and family. Uber Eats also remains operational.

However, the companies said last week that they will temporarily suspend driver and passenger accounts if the person tests positive for the coronavirus or has been exposed to the disease. The companies will decide to impose a suspension based on input from public health authorities, who have been tracking and trying to stop the spread of the virus.

Both companies have also been delivering cleaning supplies to drivers, although Uber says supplies have been limited. Drivers who contract the disease will be financially covered for up to 14 days, says Uber.

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