Deliveroo is launching a "no contact" delivery service in a bid to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
三级成人视频Customers using Deliveroo’s takeaway delivery app will be able to request that riders leave food outside their front door, rather than handing it to them directly.
三级成人视频Will Shu, Deliveroo’s chief executive, added that it will provide restaurants with additional packaging bags and sealed stickers to show food has not been opened.
“My absolute number one priority is the safety of customers, riders and restaurants no matter what happens,” he said.
三级成人视频Deliveroo has also launched a fund to support riders who might have to take time off work if they are diagnosed with coronavirus and said it will pay out the equivalent of statutory sick pay for up to 14 days.
Since its riders are self-employed they would not normally have been entitled to sick pay.
三级成人视频Demand for food delivery packages has increased in parts of China affected by a lockdown as a result of the outbreak of the respiratory disease, as restaurants close, people avoid public gatherings and self-isolate.
三级成人视频Customers have raised concerns on social media about receiving packages if they are self-isolating, while delivery drivers fear they could come into contact with the virus during drop offs.
In the US, food delivery firms including Postmates have been testing similar no-contact delivery options. In China, delivery firm Meituan has been checking the temperature of riders and asking them to display this when they make drop offs.
In the UK, the government has been discussing setting up hotlines三级成人视频 for elderly people to receive food packages if they are self-isolating.
Uber Eats, meanwhile, said it had been reminding customers they can ask for food to be dropped off outside by leaving a special request in its app while ordering.
A spokesman said US the company was “simultaneously working on new product features to make this even smoother” which it expected to come into use over the coming weeks.
三级成人视频Analysts expect a surge in food delivery demand in Europe if countries initiate harsh measures to stop the spread of the virus.
三级成人视频“Early data from most markets impacted by COVID-19 suggests an uptick in terms of meal delivery demand,” said Hubert Jeaneau, an analyst at UBS.
“But this could change: what happened in China illustrates some of the risks with supply disruption and safety concerns impacting volumes.”