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Covid-19: Uber Eats will now deliver for free over lunch for South Africans working from home

James de Villiers , Business Insider SA
 Mar 18, 2020, 05:33 PM
  • South Africans can now get receive free Uber Eats deliveries between 11:00 and 14:00 weekly in light of coronavirus. 
  • This after the South African government asked consumers to rather stay home, and closed schools.
  • Uber Eats said consumers can also request to have food left at their doorsteps to avoid contact with a delivery partner. 
  •  For more stories go to www.BusinessInsider.co.za. 

* This story was updated with new information on March 18. 

Uber Eats is now offering South Africans free deliveries during lunch between 11:00 and 14:00 on weekdays in a bid to make working from home less disruptive in light of the coronavirus. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national disaster in South Africa on Sunday as the virus spread across the country. 

Amid the measures he introduced, Ramaphosa asked South Africans to avoid travel, to stay at home, closed the borders for high-risk countries and closed schools from Wednesday. 

Uber Eats said it hopes the measure will provide support to restaurants who may be seeing reduced sit-down guests in recent days. 

Consumers can receive free deliveries by looking out for the daily in-app billboard with the updated Promo Code which can be used with every order. 

Ube Eats said consumers can also request that food be left at their doorsteps, and that additional sanitary products have been provided to delivery partners. 

“The coming weeks will be challenging for all of us. We are committed to working with our restaurant partners, government agencies, first responders, and communities at large to keep people safe and fed, and will continue to iterate on our interventions to achieve this,” Uber Eats said. 

It sad it will also be supporting its drivers financially for up to 14 days if they are diagnosed with the virus. 

Uber Eats has already helped drivers in certain affected areas around the globe financially if they are diagnosed with the virus, the delivery service said. 

Uber said the account of any driver or delivery person diagnosed with Covid-19, or asked to self-isolate by a health authority, will be placed on hold. 

Mr D Food, the second-largest food delivery service in South Africa, said it will not be commenting on what it is doing to help consumers or drivers during the coronavirus outbreak in South Africa.

* This story was updated on March 18 with new information about free deliveries from Uber Eats.  

For more information on coronavirus, direct from the source, see also:

the National Institute for Communicable Disease (NICD)

the latest statements issued by the national government

the Twitter stream of health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize

the World Health Organisation's Covic-19 outbreak page

the NICD hotline for Covid-19 is: 0800-029-999.

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