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Uber and Lyft Suspend Carpools; Airbnb Stops Experiences

  • Uber puts hold on pools in the U.S., Canada, London and Paris
  • Uber Eats will still operate as cities go on virus lockdown
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Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. suspended their shared carpool services in the U.S. and Canada in a bid to slow the coronavirus pandemic by encouraging social distancing. Uber also said it would suspend its pooled ride features in London and Paris starting Tuesday night.

These services match different passengers headed in the same direction so they can ride together and spread the cost. Uber’s offering is called UberPool, and Lyft’s is known as Shared Rides. Encouraging strangers to get into vehicles together is likely to be frowned upon as authorities try to keep people more than six feet away from each other.