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At a time when social distancing is the norm, food-delivery app couriers face a dilemma: How to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic, while still generating income?

As of March 17, customers can still order food through apps like DoorDash, Postmates and Uber Eats. But sometimes the trips aren’t worth it to the courier – whether it’s the health risk or the payment.

“Sometimes you drive four miles for $4. Or eight miles for $5,” said Weston Maher, 33, who works for UberEats and DoorDash. “I think it should be salaried. A base pay … some of them say that you can make up to $22 an hour, so if I’m sitting there (on the clock) for an hour with no orders, they should pay you $22.”

Maher’s sentiment was echoed by Jim O’Connell, 50, who also works for DoorDash and Uber Eats. “Sometimes the pay doesn’t coincide with the distance.” He added that these past few days have been “slower” with fewer orders, but the people he is delivering to are very grateful for his service. 


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