Taxi drivers hurting from coronavirus impact

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Roger, who's been a cab driver for about 10 years, has seen the decline in customers firsthand.

As the island faces a blow to its economy because of concerns about COVID-19, one business is trying its best to stay afloat despite the circumstances.

Outside of the airport, lines of polished taxi cabs wait in the hopes to drive at least one customer.

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, taxi drivers on Guam made at least four trips a day. But now, at a time when flights are rare and willing tourists are hard to come by, cab drivers are lucky to get at least one passenger a day.

The majority of passengers are typically Asian tourists.

Roger, who’s been a cab driver for about 10 years, has seen the decline in customers firsthand.

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“Business has been….it’s been really, really bad. Because we’re only relying on day-to-day income based on our taxi run. That’s been happening since the COVID-19 came out. It’s been really affecting us – especially taxi drivers in the tourism industry,” Roger said.

He added that he hopes some form of financial relief or assistance comes soon to those who have been affected by COVID-19’s economic impact.

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“I feel very depressed because this is the livelihood that I’m making for my family to put food on the table. It’s really upsetting,” Roger said.

Guam is expecting an influx of passengers from the Philippines due to a mandate from the Philippine government requiring all international travelers to leave the country.

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