In response to the new coronavirus pandemic, Lime suspended its services in California, Washington state and Italy, France and Spain,media reported. Previously, San Francisco and its surrounding counties had a home-stay order aimed at curbing the spread of the disease.
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The San Francisco Chronicle reported that because the San Francisco Bay Area home stay order effectively prohibits unnecessary travel such as “walking, bicycles, scooters, cars or public transportation,” it may have no choice but to suspend its services in California. But the company’s decision to stop service in Washington and three European countries is unprecedented in its fledgling micro-mobile sector.
“Like you, we worry about the cities we love and call them home, about the people we serve, about our colleagues on the road,” Lime CEO Brad Bao wrote in a blog post. Now, we suspend Lime services to help people stay where they are and stay safe. “
So far, other big electric scooter companies, such as Bird, Spin, Skip, Uber and Lyft, have not done anything like this. In response to a request for comment, a spokesman for the companies said they had not made a decision or were closely monitoring the situation.
All electric scooter companies say they have stepped up cleaning procedures and advised users to wear gloves to protect themselves while riding their bikes.
The new crown epidemic could be a disaster for the electric scooter rental industry, especially just past the winter, as most companies expect a significant drop in winter traffic and revenue.
Like rivals such as Bird, Uber and Lyft, Lime has been trying to make ride-sharing electric scooters profitable. Most experts believe that the market is saturated and needs to be consolidated. In recent months, Lime has joined Bird, Skip, Scoot and Lyft in laying off staff associated with Scoot. In January, the company announced a 14 per cent job cut and exited 12 markets.