“We are supporting drivers and delivery people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed in quarantine by a public health authority,” Andrew Macdonald, senior vice president of Rides and Platform, said in a statement Saturday. “Drivers and delivery people in these situations will receive compensation for a period of up to 14 days. This has already begun in some markets and we are working to implement mechanisms to do this worldwide. We believe this is the right thing to do.”
The company did not say how much money workers who need to take sick leave will receive.
No federal law requires companies to provide paid sick leave, and almost a quarter of all US workers don’t get it, according to 2019 government data.
Lyft said in a statement Saturday it “will provide funds to drivers should they be diagnosed with COVID-19 or put under individual quarantine by a public health agency.” The company did not elaborate.