A taxi firm in Lincoln is trying to help ease the financial pressure on NHS staff by offering discounts to journeys to and from work during the coronavirus outbreak.
Direct Cars (Lincoln) Limited has confirmed that it is offering a 20% discount providing customers state they are NHS staff when booking, and produce their NHS card to the driver.
The taxi firm said: “This is a gesture of goodwill to all of our hardworking NHS staff during these trying times.”
However, it is understood that there are fears within the industry that having a ride after someone so exposed to the virus, such as NHS staff, could lead to passing it on to vulnerable people or those with underlying conditions.
A2B Cars Lincoln has decided to take its own approach to the outbreak, saying it has invested into the safety of its passengers and drivers by bringing in a daily steam clean to every one of its vehicles.
It has brought in professional equipment and a certified operator to carry this out.
All of its vehicles will also be equipped with sanitising products and respirators for drivers to protect them, their families and also passengers. They believe health care workers should also wear a face mask.
Communities in Lincoln have also been pulling together to offer help to those in need, especially the vulnerable and over 70. However, businesses in Lincoln face worrying times after Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned people to avoid avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues.
Local businesses are also trying to do their bit, with some offering delivery services, including Bar Unico, Imperial Teas, Simpsons Butchers and Salted Orange Food Co.