On-demand food ordering and delivery company Waitr has introduced a no-contact delivery option due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The company has announced various initiatives to help protect and support its restaurant partners, diners, drivers and employees.

One such initiative is the No-Contact delivery, which enables distancing between customers and delivery drivers. The company is also supplying its drivers with gloves.

Among other initiatives, Waitr is working with restaurant partners to provide free delivery and marketing programmes. In addition, the company said it will continue to pay any employee that contracts the virus and / or is in quarantine.

The coronavirus death toll has increased to more than 7,100, while the total number of confirmed cases has reached 182,000.

Waitr CEO Carl Grimstad said: “Right now, communities and small businesses around the nation are facing unprecedented and uncertain times.

“We want to be a valuable resource and partner to help our local communities find creative solutions to support restaurants and consumers in this time of need. Under this current climate, we have heightened all of our precautionary standards and procedures to ensure the health, safety and comfort of our restaurant partners, diners and staff as we all navigate through this pandemic.”

Waitr and its food delivery company Bite Squad connects local restaurants to diners in underserved US markets.

Waitr and Bite Squad operates in small and medium-sized markets in the US in 640 cities.