With restaurants taking a big hit due to COVID-19, Uber Eats offering free deliveries to venues

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With countless restaurants taking a big financial hit as they operate on a very limited capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Uber Eats is now offering free deliveries to a plethora of local restaurants.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“We know the coming weeks will be challenging ones for many small business owners, and we want to help restaurants focus on food, not finances.” Head of Uber Eats for the U.S. and Canada Janelle Sallenave said in a statement.

“That’s why we’re working to drive increased demand to more than 100,000 independent restaurants across the U.S. and Canada through free delivery and marketing efforts.”

She added that restaurants that participate in the program will now also have the option to receive daily payouts, instead of weekly.

Hoboken was the first in the country to shutter bars and limit restaurants as they implemented a 10 p.m. citywide curfew on Saturday night.

Then yesterday, restaurants throughout the state became limited to takeout and delivery services and must close by 8 p.m., following an executive order signed by Gov. Phil Murphy (D).

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, who closed “most commercial businesses except food providers” by signing his own mandate on Monday, vocalized support for the Uber Eats program.

“As we take reasonable, proactive measures to limit the spread of coronavirus, we’re very cognizant of the potential impacts on local businesses,” he said.

“This program will make it easier for our restaurants to continue operating during this uncertain time, while also providing free delivery to further encourage residents to comply with social distancing efforts.”

The Uber Eats announcement came about 24 hours before rideshare companies Uber and Lyft suspended shared rides as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus as confirmed cases continue to see an upward trend.