Rideshare driver struggles with requiring masks

Difficulties with mandating masks

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - As the debate continues across Alabama for and against a mask mandate, one of the main questions is would it even be possible to enforce a mask requirement?

Uber and Lyft drivers have had to mandate masks since early May, but Leigh Ann Browne, a driver for both companies, said that is easier said than done.

Browne said many of her riders do not have a mask when they get in her car and even when she provides people a mask they still do not want to wear it.

When this happens, she said it frustrates her, because it’s not just her car they’re going without a mask, it’s all over the place.

“I’m not an angry person but it makes me kind of upset that that’s the way they’re going about it,” Browne said. “Because it’s just not mine, where else are they going in the city that they could be with people, more people, their families. Don’t they care about their families?”

Browne said it’s tough to confront people about the issue because she doesn’t want to get a bad rating and potentially lose future business.

However, business is very thin right now. She said it picked up a little bit when restaurants and bars reopened but it’s still nowhere near what it used to be.

Browne says she may get to a point where she stops driving all together, because she needs to think about her own health if she’s going to have riders not wearing masks. She’s hoping the government can step in and make masks a requirement to keep everyone safer.

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