Uber could sideline and temporarily suspend the accounts of drivers and riders who have been quarantined or diagnosed with Covid-19.
The company in a statement said they have a team available 24/7 so support public health authorities in their response to the epidemic of coronavirus, in liaison with this team the company intends to suspend the accounts of riders or drivers confirmed to have contracted or been exposed to the deadly virus.
Nevertheless, they would engage in compensation of diagnosed delivery drivers and people forced to quarantinein response to pressure from those who say they cannot afford to take time off work even if they are sick. It also said financial assistance will be offered for two weeks.
The company also said it will arm drivers with disinfectants.
Uber’s senior vice president of rides and platform Andrew MacDonald, said the company is looking into a worldwide paid sick leave policy for its drivers worldwide. Drivers are eligible as soon as they provide Uber with documentation of being diagnosed or asked to quarantine or self isolate at the direction of a public health organization.
The uncertainty in the markets is causing merchants worldwide to rethink their strategies for reaching consumers. Some have created connections as ripples run through the global economic ecosystem.