With the the outbreak of the Coronavirus and its unprecedented effects on our country, rideshare drivers relying on Uber or Lyft for their primary income are in a precarious position. This is mainly due to the fact that Uber and Lyft drivers are independent contractors and are not considered eligible for benefits such as paid sick leave or unemployment. So drivers are left with two undesirable options: drive and risk exposure to the coronavirus or stay at home and miss out on that all important income as bill envelopes stack up on their kitchen table.
So what are Uber drivers to do during the Coronavirus pandemic?
We’ve decided to put together a one-stop post dedicated to providing the latest news, resources available and answer frequently asked questionsas it pertains to rideshare drivers and the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay calm and stay informed, friends!
Consider doing delivery
During this time of social distancing, people around the U.S. are staying home. Less grocery shopping and less eating out. Naturally, restaurants have seen a decline in business and are relying now more than ever on delivery programs to serve hungry patrons. If you’re looking for an additional form of income to supplement rideshare, consider also driving for the following delivery companies (availability in your area may vary):
Coronavirus Resources and Updates from Uber:
Coronavirus Resources and Updates from Lyft:
Latest Coronavirus and rideshare related news:
March 19, 2020
- Uber stock skyrockets after CEO says it has plenty of cash to get through coronavirus crisis
- Uber say rides down by as much as 70% in cities hardest hit by Coronavirus, looks at delivering meds
March 18, 2020
- U.S. Spending on Ride-Hailing With Uber, Lyft Falls as Coronavirus Spreads
- The Gig Economy to the Rescue
- Pandemic Erodes Gig Economy Work
- Uber stock drops 6.8% after it cancels car pools, tech stocks rally
- How a coronavirus recession could be disastrous for Uber and Lyft drivers
- Uber, Lyft under fire for coronavirus response
March 17, 2020
- Uber and Lyft suspend shared ride options to limit coronavirus spread