Multiple ride-share and food delivery companies are following in the footsteps of Uber, which announced it would compensate its drivers who contract the coronavirus.

On Saturday, Uber said that drivers who provided documentation to show they had been diagnosed with Covid-19  or quarantined by health authorities would “receive compensation for a period of up to 14 days”.

“This has already begun in some markets, and we are working to implement mechanisms to do this worldwide,” an Uber spokesperson said.

“We believe this is the right thing to do,” said Andrew Macdonald, senior vice-president of rides and platform at Uber.

Other ride-share and delivery companies have indicated they intend to follow suit. This is a shift for such organisations, which often ensure their drivers do not qualify as full-time employees and thus cannot claim some social protections.

Meal and food delivery services DoorDash and Instacart said on Sunday they were in discussions with other companies in their sector, such as Lyft and Postmates, to take the global health crisis into account.

DoorDash said it was working “to protect the health and safety of our community in response to the spread of Covid-19, including exploring options with our peer companies to compensate” affected drivers.

It also highlighted a delivery instruction feature that lets drivers drop food at the door “with a photo of where the food should be left through the app”.


Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments?
Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.