The foreign Shared electric scooter industry has been suspended due to the outbreak
Electric scooters have disappeared from the streets of El Paso and other American cities as the country struggles to deal with the highly contagious coronavirus.
Glide, a technology startup based in El Paso, brought the Shared electric scooter craze to downtown, not only stopping operations to comply with the city's full-time mission, but also to keep people safe.
"From the day the city issued the home command, plus to make sure we keep people as safe as possible, we took the scooter off the street and they were in our warehouse all that time, said Jonathan Lopez, Chief executive of Glide."We have had to shut down operations completely and we hope that all of us can get back to normal life as soon as possible so that we can start operating again."
The Verge reported that industry giants like Bird, Lime and Lyft have suspended services in several markets due to falling demand and, in some cases, aggressive efforts to mitigate The spread of The virus at The direct request of some cities.
While electric scooters have disappeared from cities hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, they remain on the streets of some cities, including Austin, where they are regularly disinfected and disinfected, U.S. politicians report.
Like many businesses in El Paso, Glide relies on the federal wage protection program to pay salaries, rather than laying off any employees, Lopez said.
Lime is expected to cut 50 to 70 employees, while Bird has already cut 30 percent of its workforce, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In contrast, Spin, Ford's electric scooter company, told The Verge that it had asked it to strengthen its services in cities that had closed public buses and needed help to "fill in The traffic gaps."
Glide expanded to other markets before the pandemic spread to the United States - it stalled on March 24 when it was launched by counties and municipalities as a "Shelter, Safe Jobs" initiative.
"We want to expand into multiple locations, and we're still looking to expand, but that's just on the back burner," Lopez said.