No mask, no ride – Japanese government allows taxis to refuse to pick up maskless passengers

Don’t want to wear a mask? Then you better feel like walking.

Though the English term”social space” is now part of Japan’s vernacular during the pandemic, the other keyword for coronavirus countermeasures was jishuku, or”personal restraint.”

The nation has had relatedly couple government-ordered closures or curfews, rather calling on companies, event organizers, and individual citizens themselves to avoid unnecessary high-density gatherings and follow advice from health specialists in order to limit the spread of infections.Even though many have complied, taxi drivers have been encountering would-be passengers that aren’t so committed to jishuku, leaping in their cabs without a mask.

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Perhaps these maskless passengers don’t see a taxi as being exactly the same as other kinds of public transportation because they’re not sharing the car with strangers-to-them riders, and figure that as long as the driver is wearing a mask they don’t need one themselves.Whatever the reason, though, it is something cab drivers aren’t pleased about, and thus a group of 10 Tokyo taxi operating companies lately petitioned the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for its right to deny to pick up passengers who will not wear a mask. The ministry has approved the petition, formally authorizing recognizing Tokyo taxis to leave the maskless awaiting the curb as they drive off.

“This can help ensure the protection of not just the driver, but also other passengers using the cab after the first fare was dropped .

“The ministry does at least want motorists to double-check if maskless prospective passengers have some kind of health problem that prevents them from being able to put on a face covering. But if there is no sensible rationale for them not wearing a mask, then the driver is under no obligation to let them inside the cab.While the petition was filed specifically than taxis in Tokyo, it is likely that the ministry’s decision enables taxi operators nationwide to install the exact same policy if they so choose.

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