Uber Eats is ‘working towards’ delivering essentials rather than food during lockdown
- There will be no alcohol sales, no dog walks, and no food deliveries during South Africa's three-week Covid-19 lockdown, government minister said on Wednesday.
- On the last day that fast food can be brought to your door, Uber Eats is offering free delivery for any order over R50, with the code BeBackSoon.
- It also hinted at plans to deliver the essentials that South Africans will be allowed to buy.
- For more stories go to the Business Insider South Africa homepage.
From Friday South Africans will not have fast food deliveries for the full 21-day Covid-19 lockdown, the government confirmed on Wednesday.
In a confusing, and sometimes contradictory, series of statements, ministers responsible for the lockdown said South Africans will not be able to walk their dogs, shop for anything other than a specified list of items, or buy alcohol.
For reasons that were not immediately clear, food delivery is forbidden during the three-week period.
So, on Thursday, its last day of operation until deep into April at the earliest, Uber Eats will be delivering for free, it told customers late on Wednesday night.
From 06:00 to shut-down at 22:00, Uber Eats has promised to deliver any order over R50 for free, when the code "BeBackSoon" is used to claim the promotion.
It may also still be around during the shutdown, the service hinted, if it can figure out how to deliver what has been deemed critical goods.
"We are working towards providing essential goods to you during this challenging time - Watch this space!" it said in a note to customers.
(Compiled by Phillip de Wet)
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