Rapid grocers have halted deliveries across London and the south of England due to the danger posed to riders by Storm Eunice.

“The safety and wellbeing of our employees comes first, and we will continue to assess the situation and follow the latest guidance before resuming operations,” said Turancan Salur, Getir’s Europe region general manager.

“We apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused by this momentary pause and look forward to resuming operations once it is safe to do so. All couriers, and other employees affected by closing for the storm, will continue to receive their full pay,” Salur added.

Gorillas closed Eunice

Rival Gorillas announced its closure until the late afternoon on its app, telling customers “these winds are too fast for us”.

The Gopuff app was not accepting new orders on Friday afternoon, with an alert that it would “close periodically” due to the severe weather “to ensure the safety of our delivery partners”.

”The safety of our riders is paramount,” Alberto Menolascina, UK General Manager at Gopuff told The Grocer. “We took the decision early this morning to proactively pause deliveries in all areas due to be impacted by adverse weather throughout the day. We are reviewing each location on an hourly basis, and monitoring the official reports and warnings, and will only open reopen for deliveries if deemed fully safe to do so.”

Deliveroo told customers across several regions: “In the interest of keeping riders safe, our service is not available at the moment due to a red weather warning.”

“We’ll be back delivering again when it is safe to do so,” the communication said. Uber Eats similarly said it was “temporarily pausing” the app in areas where red weather warnings are in place.

Two red warnings – issued when weather conditions pose a threat to life – were issued on Friday covering south-east England and London, and the south west. The Met Office said it was seeing gusts of 70mph across the south-east as the storm tracked eastwards on Friday afternoon.