Lyft plans to distribute thousands of car partitions in an expanded effort to protect drivers from the coronavirus.
The ride-hailing giant will provide 60,000 drivers with polycarbonate shields to install between the front and rear seats of their cars, it said Friday. Lyft plans to give them out in 30 US regions over the coming months, starting with seven major cities including New York, Los Angeles and Boston.
“Our community is counting on us to put their health and safety first,” Angie Westbrock, Lyft’s vice president of global operations and the head of its COVID-19 task force, said in a statement. “By prioritizing the wellbeing of our drivers, our entire community gains extra peace of mind.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend for-hire drivers use partitions in their cars to separate themselves from passengers. Lyft said it previously distributed shields to frequent drivers in Atlanta, Baltimore and Denver and got positive feedback about them.
Drivers who don’t get a partition will be able to buy one through Lyft’s online store starting later this summer for $50 without a markup, the company said. Similar products are available on Amazon for about $100 or more.
Lyft said it will also provide its most active drivers with a free “safety kit” that includes a reusable face covering, disinfectant and sanitizer in addition to the more than 150,000 masks and sanitizing products it has already given out.
The coronavirus pandemic has tanked demand for ride-hailing services as lockdown measures kept passengers shut in their homes. In June, Lyft said its number of trip requests was about 70 percent below last year’s levels despite climbing roughly 26 percent from April’s low.
With Post wires
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