GrabFood, FoodPanda resume food delivery services amid Luzon quarantine

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 17) — App-based food delivery services GrabFood and FoodPanda have resumed operations on Tuesday afternoon after going offline hours into the enhanced quarantine in Luzon.

On Tuesday morning, the two companies said they will suspend operations due to the quarantine restrictions, but they went back to business hours later.

Grab Philippines said it decided to resume the operations of GrabFood and its parcel delivery service GrabExpress after a careful assessment of the situation. It said the services are operating with a "skeletal delivery fleet."

"The decision was made to support the food establishments that will continue to operate and maintain continuous flow of goods to serve the essential needs of Filipinos during these trying times," it said in a statement.

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Grab's ride services remain suspended in line with travel restrictions under the enhanced community quarantine.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday placed the entire island of Luzon under enhanced community quarantine. Under this, mass public transportation services were suspended, while land, air and sea travel was restricted.

The movement of people in mainland Luzon is also severely restricted in an effort to contain COVID-19 infections. All people in Luzon will only be allowed to leave their homes to access basic necessities.