Uber and Ola temporarily suspend operations amid lockdown

Mar 25, 2020 | AS Team

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With the government opting for lockdown in 75 afflicted regions so as to contain the novel coronavirus, ride-hailing organizations Uber and Ola have chosen to put their operations on hold briefly in these areas until further notice.


As announced by Economic Times, Uber has sent an email to its riders saying, "In compliance with the government guidelines, we are temporarily suspending all Uber services in your city. This means that Uber rides services will not be available until further notice.”


The email also added, “We don’t take such measures lightly, and we ask that you please follow the instructions of the public health authorities.”


The firm emphasizes on urging residents to restrict their travel just for fundamental crisis needs according to the Government's order. It has also stated that the firm  will facilitate a minimum network of vehicles to help basic services in urban areas, wherever it can, to support the government in its endeavor to diminish the infection of COVID-19. While the app continues working, there are not really any rides accessible in the lockdown urban areas. 


Coronavirus’s death toll reached seven on Sunday with the number of cases surpassing 400 as of 23rd March. With the positive response on part of the public towards Prime Minister's Narendra Modi's Janta Curfew on Sunday, the government has chosen to force lockdown in 75 influenced territories in the country. The governments concluded that so as to cut the spread, limitation on the development of non essential passenger transport was desperately required. 


Numerous districts in Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka and Kerala have been secured. Delhi will be locked down from 6 am on March 23 till midnight, March 31.

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