Local businesses in Austin are doing all they can to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and Lyft is one of many companies doing their part in the business community. Max Loosen, Regional Director at Lyft shares the ways they're involved in our community locally and across the nation.

How has the pandemic impacted your business?

“Every company is seeing impacts from the pandemic, and it has certainly created new transportation challenges. That said, it's also highlighted how access to affordable and reliable transportation is critical. At the onset of the pandemic, the amount of interest we received from our partners about how Lyft could support their communities was overwhelming. We launched a number of product enhancements and new partnerships with healthcare organizations, non-profits, corporations, and government agencies to further improve access to reliable transportation for those who need it.”

Now that Austin/Travis County has re-entered Stage 5, what is your business doing to help stop the spread of the virus?

“We’re strongly encouraging both our drivers and our riders to get vaccinated, and since December have worked with partners to encourage vaccination by facilitating free and discounted rides through our Vaccine Access Program.

To date, we’ve partnered with over 150 healthcare, business and nonprofit partners including CVS Health, United Way, NAACP, YMCA and the National Hispanic Council on Aging. Most recently, we partnered with the White House to provide access to free rides to vaccination sites for anyone needing a shot.

We’re also continuing to reinforce our in-ride Health Safety Program, which requires all riders and drivers to wear a mask throughout the ride, keep their vehicles clean, leave the windows open when possible and keep the front seat empty to promote social distancing.”

How important is the role of the business community in preventing the spread of COVID-19

“We believe everyone has a role to play in the fight against COVID-19, and we at Lyft are proud to do our part to encourage vaccination and stop the spread.”

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