Companies Offer Financial Relief During COVID-19

Car insurance companies and food delivery companies are among those trying to ease the financial burden of the pandemic for their customers and employees.

By: Tim Studebaker

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – It’s no secret, the Coronavirus pandemic has brought significant financial strain for many people and businesses.

Some companies have announced plans to help ease the burden.  Among those companies: AAA Northeast.  They say fewer drivers on the road means lower insurance costs.

AAA Northeast Senior Vice President Frank Doyle says, “We felt it was the responsible thing to reduce the expense to our customers while this pandemic is going on.”

They’re refunding their Rhode Island customers 20% of their car insurance premiums for two months. Their partner company in Massachusetts, Mapfre Insurance, will refund 15%.

Doyle says, “This is a nice return to all those drivers whose cars have been sitting still for the last several weeks while we’re just working from home.”

Meanwhile, the online restaurant food delivery company Doordash is also working to provide financial relief that they say is important for keeping restaurants in business.

Doordash Regional General Manager Katie Witman says, “You know, we wouldn’t be a business if it weren’t for our merchant partners.”

They’ve rolled out several programs to help restaurants, customers, and drivers, including:

  • Reducing or eliminating commission fees charged to restaurants.
  • New, independent restaurants can sign up for free and pay no commission for 30 days.
  • No delivery fee on Saturdays.
  • Offering driving jobs to restaurant workers who need employment.

Witman says, “We also released a two week paid sick leave policy, so if Dashers are not feeling well, or believe they have COVID, they can get off the road and take care of themselves.”

The company is also delivering food to healthcare workers and people in need.

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