MANILA, Philippines – Ride-hailing service firm, Grab Philippines, on Monday announced the suspension of its GrabCar services following the reimposition of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).
In a statement posted on its Facebook page, Grab Philippines said its GrabCar services will be temporarily unavailable until the MECQ has been lifted.
“We’re temporarily suspending our GrabCar operations in all serviced areas under MECQ,” it said.
“Shutdown will commence at 10 pm tonight, August 3, 2020, until the MECQ is lifted,” it added.
Grab Philippines made the announcement after President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday placed Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite and Rizal under MECQ starting from August 4 to 18 amid the surge in novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.
The move follows the appeal of medical workers to place Metro Manila under stricter quarantine classification for two weeks to give them a breathing space and to rethink the strategies in dealing with the public health crisis.
Grab Philippines, however, assured that other services including GrabExpress, GrabFood, and GrabMart will remain operational “to serve and deliver your essentials during MECQ.”
GrabPay will also continue to provide cashless payments and minimize contact, it added.
“We continue to be one with our communities when it comes to battling the spread of COVID-19,” it said.
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