Omaha Uber driver describes what he is going through lately and asks passengers to mask up
Omaha, Nebraska – Just when the city of Omaha lifted the indoor mask mandate that technically expired, some Omaha residents are still having hard times to make other people mask up.
So is the case with the Uber drivers who are exposed to high Covid-19 risk taking into consideration the fact that they constantly work with different people and they spend the most of their time in their vehicles along with these people.
The Omaha Uber driver Rory Heaton has had enough of the status quo situation recently and rising his voice to Omaha residents to mask up when they use the Uber services.
“It’s very frustrating because when you do your app it tells you you have to wear it!” said Heaton.
What’s even more interesting is the Uber’s policy. Since the start of the pandemic, the company updated their terms and condition and by using the app, you automatically agree to these terms which include wearing mask, sit in the backseat and avoid Ubering if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
According to Heaton, most of the riders acknowledge the importance of wearing masks and he says that maybe 70% of riders comply with the rules of wearing face mask.
But those 30% are a huge problem for Uber drivers and most of them are recalling on the lifted Omaha mask mandate.
“They just won’t wear a mask because the mandate in Omaha is off,” said Heaton.
Heaton says that Uber still hasn’t updated the pandemic terms and the company’s rules have nothing to do with Omaha’s lifted mask mandate or CDC public transport mask guidelines.
“I wish we could have something like that on ours,” said Heaton.
Heaton is just one among the many other Uber drivers who are having hard times to make riders wear face masks. The Uber drivers only want to make an honest living and stay safe doing it. And all of this has affected tips.
“When you tell somebody to keep pulling up their mask, they get mad at ya,” said Heaton.