Some ride-hailing services will be allowed in GCQ areas — Palace

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 1) — Some ride-hailing services will be allowed to operate at reduced capacity in areas under general community quarantine, Malacañang said on Friday.

"Sa GCQ, pwede po ang taxi; pero 'yun nga po, limitado po ang pasahero. 'Yung mga TNVS po, mga Grab, limitado po ang pasahero, pero [sa] GCQ lang po, hindi sa ECQ," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a televised briefing.

[Translation: Taxis will be permitted, but their passengers will be limited. The same applies to TNVS or Grab. But again, these will only be allowed during the GCQ, and not the ECQ.]

Roque maintained that motorcycle taxis will remain prohibited, as they violate social distancing rules.

He noted that a distance of one meter is required between drivers and passengers for public transport to be allowed to operate.

The Department of Transportation earlier said that carpooling services will not be permitted in areas under GCQ in observance of the physical distancing measures. The Inter-Agency Task Force, however, has yet to release specific guidelines on the matter.

On Friday, select public transport vehicles were allowed to resume operations in areas with low to moderate risk of coronavirus transmission.

President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the entire Luzon under the enhanced community quarantine on March 17, which banned all manner of public transport. He has moved to extend its implementation until May 15 in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and all other high-risk areas.