GrabShare to be Suspended Starting Tomorrow

Better to be safe than sorry.

Work-from-home is starting to look more and more attractive as commuting might just heighten the threat of catching COVID-19. Regular buses have stopped allowing overloading, and the metro trains are disinfecting coaches regularly. Grab is also stepping up its efforts against COVID-19, but riders might not be happy with the result.

Grab shared announced that the ride-hailing firm will be stopping its GrabShare option in Metro Manila and Cebu until further notice as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in the country. This is being done to accommodate the government’s appeal to practice social distancing in public.

Grab’s official statement reads: “To aid in the social distancing prescribed by the Philippine health officials with regards to the public health situation on COVID-19, Grab will be suspending its GrabShare services in Metro Manila and Cebu starting March 13, 12NN, and will resume as soon as the public health situation de-escalates.”

This means that riders will have no choice but to opt for the GrabCar option, or the GrabCar (6-seater), GrabCar Premium, or Grab Taxi options. GrabShare is known to offer cheaper rates (depending on your route), but riders will have to deal with the higher fares in order to stay safe from COVID-19.

Luckily, many GrabCar drivers have equipped their cars with free alcohol, hand sanitizers, and air disinfectant, but it won’t hurt to carry your own and spray your seat before entering the car.

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