Food delivery app company SkipTheDishes has introduced new public health and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. 

“The health and safety of our customers, restaurant partners, and couriers is of the utmost priority. With the ongoing news of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Canada, SkipTheDishes is taking additional precautions across our network,” wrote the company on their website. 

Couriers will not be accepting cash payments for deliveries until further notice, and customers can request “contactless delivery” to have food left at their door. 

“Early next week we will be suspending the cash payment option for all orders. Contactless payment options allow all users to reduce contact with surfaces known to aid in the spread of COVID-19,” said SkipTheDishes.

“You can request Contactless Delivery by leaving a note after selecting ‘Deliver to My Door’ at checkout for all orders. Make sure you use the live order tracker and collect your food when it’s marked as ‘Delivered.’”

The announcement comes as the total number of COVID-19 cases in Canada edges closer to 200. As of this article’s publication, 152 people have been infected with the virus nationwide.

Several other private companies and retailers have joined in on the effort to fight or curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. 

In the United States, Walmart, Walgreens and CVS recently announced that they will allow their parking lots to be used as impromptu coronavirus testing stations after President Donald Trump announced a state of emergency on Friday. 

“When we got the call yesterday from the White House, we were eager to do our part to help serve the country,” said Walmart CEO Doug McMillon. “And given what we are facing that is certainly important to do. We should all be doing that.”

Uber has also stated that they will be temporarily suspending the accounts of drivers who are known to have contracted the coronavirus. The food delivery arm of the company, Uber Eats, also implemented an option for customers to have food delivered to their door. 

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