Online food and delivery platform, Uber Eats South Africa, has announced its temporary closure due to the 21-day national lockdown, and is offering customers free delivery on the day before the lockdown.
Uber Eats will be offering its customers the opportunity to order food without paying for delivery today, 26 March 2020. This is in light of the 21-day lockdown, which will see its temporary closure, in compliance with President Cyril Ramphosa’s call for a nationwide lockdown.
In a statement today, 26 March 2020, Uber Eats stated, “Following the earlier decision by the South African Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane to close restaurants to the public as of midnight on Thursday, 26 March 2020, Uber Eats will be temporarily pausing operations from 22:00 Thursday, 26 March 2020, until further notice. We are working towards providing essential goods to you during this challenging time – Watch this space! Get unlimited free delivery from your favourite restaurants tomorrow when you enter the code, BEBACKSOON. We’ll be back soon.”
Umbrella company, Uber, has also acted in accordance with the precautionary measures in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the website, Uber drivers, who also act as Uber Eats delivery partners, have been provided with sanitary and hygiene supplies to be used after each trip. Uber will continue to work during specified times during the lockdown, providing transportation to those who offer essential services.
See the full statement here.