Rideshare apps Uber and Lyft dropped their mask requirements for drivers and passengers on Tuesday one day after a federal judge struck down the CDC's mask requirement on airplanes and other forms of public transportation.
Uber was first to make the announcement.
"As of April 19, 2022, riders and drivers are not required to wear masks when using Uber," the company said. "However, the CDC still recommends wearing a mask if you have certain personal risk factors and/or high transmission levels in your area."
The company also amended its policy of barring users from riding in the front seat, which was implemented during the pandemic to give drivers more space for social distancing reasons.
Uber said that "many people still feel safer wearing a mask," urging people to "be respectful of their preferences" and reminded riders that "if you ever feel uncomfortable, you can always cancel the trip."
Shortly after Uber's announcement, competitor Lyft updated its own health and safety policies. Lyft's new policies include making masks optional "for everyone in the car," allowing passengers into the front seat and no longer requiring drivers to keep the windows open.
"Wearing masks on transportation may still be required by law in some areas, and we encourage riders and drivers to check their local public health requirements before using Lyft," the company said in a blog post. "We know that everyone has different comfort levels, and anyone who wants to continue wearing a mask is encouraged to do so."
"While riders and drivers can always cancel any ride they don’t wish to take, health safety reasons – like not wearing a mask – will no longer appear as cancellation options in the app," Lyft also announced.
Following the federal judge's ruling on Monday, the Transportation Security Administration said it would no longer enforce the mandate and major U.S. airlines and Amtrak changed their policies to allow passengers to go mask-free. Other agencies, like New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, are keeping their mask requirements in place.