About Eats announced on Monday that delivery charges for all orders from independent restaurants in the app will cease as the COVID 19 pandemic continues to spread and cities are closing all non-essential stores.
US restaurants are facing economic headwinds as city and state officials take action to stop the spread of COVID-19, a disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The Mayor of Denver, Michael Hancock, ordered Monday all restaurants and bars except the delivery and pickup service to be closed for the next two months. The Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, ordered all restaurants in the city to close, except for delivery and take-out, until at least March 31. New York City has ordered all bars and restaurants to close. NYC restaurants can still deliver groceries.
According to the company, there are more than 100,000 local restaurants in the Uber Eats app.
“As more and more people stay at home, local restaurants need your business more than ever. For this reason, we waive the delivery fee for all orders from any independent restaurant About Eats– More than 100,000 local restaurants in the app, ”the company said in an email Monday morning.
Customers can find the independent restaurants by searching for the EAT LOCAL banner in the app. Shipping costs are automatically waived for all orders.
Uber Eats is also taking steps to limit the spread of COVID-19, including the ability to make contactless deliveries and provide disinfectant materials to drivers. The company added that "as always, your food won't be touched when it's packed by the restaurant."
Uber Eats said it would provide financial support to its deliverers and drivers if they had a COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure that prevented them from working and provided more than 300,000 free meals About Eats to healthcare workers and first responders in the United States and Canada.