Ride-hailing services such as Grab will be allowed to operate in areas placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) as long as social distancing measures are met, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said Friday.

“[Allowed] po ang mga TNVS (transport network vehicle services) [tulad ng] Grab pero kung limitado lamang ang pasahero at sa GCQ lang po allowed, hindi sa ECQ (enhanced community quarantine),” Roque said in a televised briefing.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) released guidelines Friday, which state that taxis and TNVS are allowed to operate but will be subject to “strict physical distancing and sanitary practices.”

Multiple bookings in a single trip for TNVS will be prohibited.

Roque also clarified that motorcycle taxis were still prohibited, as they violate social distancing rules, which require a one-meter distance between driver and passenger.

According to the DOTr guidelines, the passenger load for all other modes of mass public transport such as buses and jeepneys should not exceed 50 percent of the vehicle’s seating capacity.

Other sanitary and safety measures, such as mandatory wearing of face masks, regular disinfection of public transport facilities and utility vehicles, and checking of body temperature of all commuters, will also be implemented.

The Light Rail Transit and Metro Rail Transit will be limited to only 20 percent of their total capacity, or about 160 persons per train set, DOTr Undersecretary Artemio Tuazon Jr. said in an interview on Unang Hirit. John Ezekiel J. Hirro