It seems the UK branch of Ola is following Uber and is implementing a requirement to wear face coverings or masks when travelling with them.
Like everyone else, this is coming in on the 15th of June.
Ola currently covers:
- South Wales (Cardiff, Newport and Vale of Glamorgan)
- South West of England (Bath, Bristol, Exeter, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire)
- Merseyside (Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and The Wirral)
- West Midlands (Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry and Warwick)
Passengers will be asked before they travel to confirm that they have a face covering, free of COVID-19 symptoms and will only occupy the rear seats of a car.
During the ride, you must wear a face-covering throughout. Ola advise you travel alone, or with members of the same household only.
When entering a car, you can only enter via the back door diagonally opposite the driver and sit in this seat where possible.
Ola has also changed its cancellation reasons, with not having a face-covering being one of those reasons. You may also cancel if the driver appears unwell or if the car was unclean.
Drivers can also cancel rides for travellers not having face masks, appearing unwell or more riders than back seats.
Stepping up to 15th June
Like a lot of companies, Ola is stepping up as most activity resumes in the UK on the 15th of June. Like Uber, it’s also asking you to be careful and wear a face covering when travelling with them. It also appears that Ola has been a lot more open on how drivers and passengers can cancel rides in these new circumstances we are in today.
For now, get used to wearing face masks a lot more often.
And that will cover public transport from the 15th of June…
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