In response to the plea for social distancing, driver groups have also called on the companies to suspend their carpooling features.  - Photo via Elvert Barnes/Flickr.

In response to the plea for social distancing, driver groups have also called on the companies to suspend their carpooling features. 

Photo via Elvert Barnes/Flickr.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Uber and Lyft have announced new policies that will expand sick leave to drivers. according to The Verge

Now, Uber drivers who test positive for the coronavirus; are quarantined or asked to self isolate by public health officials; or have their Uber accounts disabled on the advise of public health officials are eligible for up to 14 days of paid sick leave. Similarly, Lyft will compensate drivers who are diagnosed with the coronavirus or are placed in quarantine. 

Uber is basing sick pay on the driver's daily average for the past six months. Lyft will base compensation on the driver's average pay from the last four weeks.

In response to the plea for social distancing, driver groups have also called on the companies to suspend their carpooling features. 

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