In an effort to comply with curfew orders around the country, Uber, Lyft, and the food delivery platform DoorDash are temporarily suspending services in some cities. More than three dozen cities have implemented curfews following demonstrations protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.
Lyft has yet to release a list of the cities where they will be suspending services. A spokesperson only provided that the company is following the direction of local government. Uber has suspended operations during curfew hours in Minneapolis, Oakland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. In some cities, officials have asked Uber to continue to operate even with curfew orders in place, in an effort to serve essential workers without other means of transportation.
In a statement to CNBC, Uber said, “Some cities have requested that we suspend operations completely while others want to ensure Uber is available for essential services. We’re also using the Uber app to educate riders and drivers about city curfews and remind them Uber should be used for emergency purposes only during this time. Our teams on the ground are working closely with each individual city to best support them based on their needs and the local situation.”
Uber and Lyft are not the first companies to suspend operations in lieu of the protests and curfews. Several retailers have temporarily closed storefronts in cities with large protests. Amazon, Target, and Apple curbed operations over the weekend, with Apple keeping many of its stores closed. In addition to that, Amazon has scaled back and adjusted routes in some cities. Drivers in Chicago and Los Angeles received messages instructing them to stop delivering packages and return home.
It is likely that normal operations will resume in the following days or weeks, depending on the demonstrations and how long they last. Uber and Lyft plan to continue working with local officials in every city to ensure the safety of all rideshare drivers and passengers.
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