“I’ve been working as a delivery rider for about a year now, but it has never been as rubbish as it is now.” (Photo credit: Olimpia Zagnat)

Lockdown might have taken a lot of things from us, but one group that has survived since the coronavirus outbreak is delivery riders.

They are the ones that ride energetically across the city, from restaurant to customers, taking and delivering orders.

However, the increase in delivery riders means greater competition, leaving workers waiting for hours until picking the next order, or even riding for miles to get to their destination.

Food delivery riders are on increase across the UK. (Photo Credit: Olimpia Zagnat)

We asked several delivery riders across Nottingham how is it like to do their job during lockdown.

Mindaugas Ignativicius, 32, is a newcomer in the food delivery service, and says that he feels safe doing his job.

Originally from Lithuania, Mindaugas, of Mapperley, said: “I don’t even care about the virus.

“Coronavirus is just like a flu, nothing to worry about”.

He added: “I’m a chef, but because all restaurants have closed, I had to find something else to do.

“This is not me, but I have to eat something as well, so I’m doing this.

Mindaugas, 32, worked as a chef at Hilton hotel in Birmingham before becoming a delivery rider. (Photo Credit: Olimpia Zagnat)

“I came to Nottingham just before the coronavirus outbreak. I was working at the Hilton hotel in Birmingham before this.

“I came here because I specialise in Moroccan and French cuisine, and Nottingham had some nice restaurants.

“I guess it didn’t work out in the end.”

Ashwithrao Polatada, 22, said that although food delivering has never been his dream job, “now it has got even worse”.

He said: “You can wait three hours until the next order, and then ride two or three miles to the next destination.

“It’s rubbish.

Ashwithrao Polatada, 22, has been working as a delivery rider for a year.

“I’ve been working as a delivery rider for about a year now, but it has never been as rubbish as it is now.”

Giuliano Forcinetti, of Hyson Green, has been working in the industry for two years, and shares the same thoughts as his fellow colleagues.

The 37-year-old delivery rider is worried about the impact of students leaving the city, as they are important customers to the service.

Giuliano and other food delivery riders of Nottingham. (Photo Credit: Olimpia Zagnat)

Giuliano added: “Now that the students are gone, I would say we get fewer orders than before.

“There are also more delivery riders at the moment, so it is decreasing in orders per rider for sure.

“Now it’s just the people who can’t get out of their houses, but miss eating at restaurants who order.

“We’re living in hard times.”