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Uber closes greenlight hubs for drivers amid COVID-19 outbreak
On Friday, March 13th, 2020 Uber announced that it would be temporarily closing it’s local support centers to protect drivers and its staff. This is to remain in effect until April 6th, unless otherwise stated.
“Based on the advice of public health authorities, our goal is to help flatten the curve on community spread in the cities we serve. We want to protect the driver community, as well as the Uber customer support experts who help them every day, by temporarily closing our Greenlight Hubs in the US and Canada to encourage social distancing. We recognize this may create challenges for drivers and are further expanding online and phone support options.” — Uber spokesperson
Drivers not sure where to turn to make a living
For many drivers, Rideshare presents a flexible way to earn a living, or supplement other income. The question being asked is “how can I earn money while limiting my exposure?”. Working from home is an option for many people, if they have the right skills. For others, driving jobs are the way to go and one way to reduce your overall exposure is to switch to delivery.
Other side gigs like Uber Eats, Instacart, Rover, Postmates and Doordash do involve interaction, but much less than rideshare driving. Most of them have introduced delivery options where you can just leave the order at their door. Drivers have been reporting delivery gigs have picked up drastically and are paying quite well, due to people stocking up and not wanting to leave their homes. Maybe switching from rideshare to delivery is the way to go while we wait for things to blow over.
With “shelter in place” orders in place around most of the country, Rideshare has come to a screeching halt. Drivers have been reporting that delivery gigs have been drastically busier and tips have gone up significantly. If driving is your bread and butter, here’s how to adapt to the situation and keep earning.
The on-demand grocery startup Instacart said Monday that it is planning to hire 300,000 “full-service shoppers,” over the next three months due to a huge spike in demand spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. Instacart’s goal is to increase their workforce by more than double.
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