Coronavirus: Okanagan taxi company says fewer cabs, longer waits because of COVID-19 pandemic

Looking to hail a cab in Penticton? You might be waiting a while.

One cab company in the South Okanagan community says the coronavirus pandemic is taking a toll on business as drivers temporarily step away for fears of contracting COVID-19.

Klassic Kabs and Courtesy Taxi says it normally employs 65 to 70 drivers, but as of Friday, it’s down to nine drivers.

Dispatch supervisor Shawna Severinski says the company is still open, but is operating with minimum services. That includes no service from midnight to 6 a.m. – a first in the company’s history, said Severinski.

“Drivers are afraid,” Severinski. “They’re afraid to come to work because of COVID-19.”

Severinski said the understandable exodus of drivers began two weeks ago.

“We have a lot of drivers who are older, have lung issues, have health issues,” said Severinski. “And, of course, we can’t have them come in.”

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