Ridesharing app offering pick up, drop off of essential items around cities

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Send that birthday gift across town without leaving your house. Photo credit: Getty.

With the COVID-19 alert level 4 lockdown in full swing, most of us are housebound apart from hitting essential services, like the supermarket and pharmacy. 

It can make things difficult when it comes to transporting goods around the city as we're not leaving our respective neighbourhoods. 

Rideshare app Ola announced on Friday it's offering a service to pick up and drop off items in cities around the country, so people can get essential items to friends and family without leaving the house.

"There may be times where you need to pick-up or drop-off items to a family member or friend," the email read.

"You can arrange items to get picked-up or dropped-off to their new home with our drivers."

Ridesharing app offering pick up, drop off of essential items around cities
Photo credit: Ola.

The email offers instructions on making sure the goods are kept clean and hygienic to stop the spread of germs during the initiative. 

"All you need to do is open your app and book a ride, enter your end destination for the item's drop-off address and once your driver is confirmed, call them to let them know they are picking up a package," reads the email. 

"Give the item a good clean making sure it's safe and hygienic to travel. When the driver arrives, tell them your start code and place your item in their car. 

"Once the driver reaches the end destination you will receive a call." 

In a dedicated COVID-19 button on their site, the rideshare service offers drivers advice on keeping their vehicle clean throughout the lockdown, "to help you reduce the risk of infection to you and your passengers."

These include increasing the frequency of cleaning, wearing gloves when driving and regularly wiping down "high touch" areas. 

Rideshare services like Ola and Uber have continued operating as essential services throughout the lockdown.