UberEats has waived the delivery fee for over 15,000 independent restaurants across the UK which feature on its app, in a bid to support businesses affected by Covid-19.
In addition to this, it said it wants to help restaurants that have seen a decline in footfall by waiving the activation fee for new restaurants joining the app.
UberEats will also introduce fast-tracked onboarding for new restaurants to help them be available for delivery in less than 48 hours after signing up.
UberEats said: “We know that fixed costs for our restaurant partners remain constant, putting their finances front-and-centre.
“To help to create a more reliable and immediate source of cash flow, even in uncertain times, we’re rolling out a new payment option for restaurants. This new feature will allow restaurants of all sizes to opt into daily payments on all Uber Eats orders, rather than the typical weekly billing cycle.”
It added: “We continue to focus on protecting the health and safety of everyone on Uber Eats—ensuring we are a reliable platform when people need it most. As customers and couriers look to limit contact to protect themselves and their loved ones, we are launching a new contactless delivery feature to help users to request deliveries be left on their doorsteps.”
It comes after cafes, restaurants and pubs across the UK were forced to shut last Friday (20 March) in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The closures will also apply to the UK’s nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres.