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95 | | feature as an independent contractor for Grubhub, Uber Eats and Postmates, said that when the pandemic initially closed dine-in restaurant service, the ensuing week was slow as households stockpiled groceries. That following week as cupboards emptied, business spiked. For him, peak hours have been between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Customers have been placing larger orders and tipping more generously then they had been pre- COVID-19. “I think when people got tired of eating what was in their pantry, I started getting bigger tips,” mused Aycock. He attributes this generosity to people’s appreciation of workers who are providing delivery services at a time when social interaction poses risks. He expressed surprise though that there hasn’t been a surge in demand for another delivery service that Postmates offers. “I thought the grocery part would take off, but it hasn’t,” stated Aycock. Referencing contactless drop-offs, he says that it took each app a few days to add a “Request No Contact Delivery” option following restaurant closures in mid-March; a week later it became the default delivery setting. Although deliveries minimize contact points and are securer than in-person shopping there are still concerns about handling the packaging containing the items themselves. The FDA states that there is currently “no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19” through food, food containers or food packaging. Our knowledge of the novel coronavirus continually evolves, but additional steps to avoid potential contamination include washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, per CDC guidelines, after unpacking and storing groceries, washing or wiping down cans and boxes of food pre-storage, and cleaning counters and surfaces touched by the groceries. For more information on proper handwashing techniques, visit Sources : Shipt, CNET, FOX 6 Now, CDC,, TIME, Inquirer, The Hill, and U.S. Chamber, FDA. Photo by Juli Kaplan. Open Takeout, Curbside Pickup & Delivery Tuesday – Saturday 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM Classic French Comfort Food Support Local Restaurants! » Daily Specials » Fresh Local Seafood » Great Selection of Wine » Free Bake-at-Home Chocolate Souffle *w/ $35+order ®