New Orleans COVID-19 Rideshare Safety
Louisiana has been hit hard by the latest coronavirus strain. While our state isn’t the largest in America, it’s among the top five in both confirmed coronavirus infections and COVID-19 deaths. New Orleans alone has more than 997 confirmed infection cases as of March 26, 2020—more than the total number of cases in all but 13 states.
While there are many things Louisianans can do to increase their COVID-19 safety, taxi Lyft, and Uber drivers are presented with additional challenges. Drivers have higher risks, since they can’t follow the best social distancing practices and will be in close contact with many people. To help taxi and rideshare drivers cope with the coronavirus pandemic, Mike Bradner Injury Attorneys has put together a list of COVID-19 rideshare safety tips.
New Orleans COVID-19 Rideshare Safety Tips
Although social distancing is recommended, some Lyft, Uber, and taxi drivers must continue to work in order to make ends meet. Additionally, they provide a valuable service for people that rely on them to procure food, medical products, and household goods. To help lower the risk of a coronavirus infection, here are some things drivers can do.
- Wash your hands as often as possible for at least 20 seconds using soap and water
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content if you’re unable to wash your hands
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue, your elbow, or your forearm instead of your hands
- Ask passengers to sit in the back seat
- Have tissues and hand sanitizer available for your passengers
- Avoid the handling of money
- Use nitrile gloves if you must collect money from a passenger (one pair per transaction)
- Disinfect your vehicle between passengers
These additional safety measures will take time and cut into your hourly earnings, but your long-term health is far more important than short-term gains. Please follow these safety tips for your health and the health of your passengers.
COVID-19 Rideshare Safety Alternatives
Some Lyft, Uber, and taxi drivers will not want to drive passengers during this turbulent period. This is an understandable stance. However, there are still ways to drive, earn money, and help the New Orleans community. Many local and large businesses need drivers to deliver goods. If you’d still like to drive for money then consider working the following businesses.
- Local drugstores and pharmacies
- Local grocery stores
- Local restaurants
Contact Mike Bradner Injury Attorneys
Whether you’re transporting passengers or delivering goods, Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys hopes that you stay healthy and safe during the coronavirus outbreak in New Orleans. If you need additional information, please read our list of COVID-19 resources. If you get into a car accident as a rideshare or taxi driver, please contact for immediate assistance. Our team will help you get the medical care you need, while our lawyers will fight to win you the compensation that you deserve.
Please be assured that our team is available 24/7, even during the coronavirus pandemic. You can contact us by phone at 504-345-1111 or through the Internet via secure online form or LiveChat. Stay well and stay safe.