The new feature for Google Maps will inform users in advance which corona measures can be expected in certain locations – and how full a shop, museum or office is currently.
Anyone who goes to a restaurant, shop or perhaps to a museum or office during the corona pandemic often wants to know in advance how crowded it is there. On Google Maps, information on the occupancy at certain times of the day could already be viewed. Soon, however, Google’s navigation and orientation feature will even be delivering live displays of occupancy in public buildings directly in the business profile. In addition, the applicable corona measures should also be displayed there.
Go outside informed: Google Maps prepares users for local visits
Google announced via Twitter that the business profiles on Google Maps will also be optimized as part of its own Search-On campaign. In the future, specific information about the occupancy will be displayed for these. For example, “Not busy”, “Busier than usual” or “As busy as it gets” can appear in a retail store. If a user sees the latter information on his smartphone, he could decide to postpone the visit there to another time. After all, during the corona pandemic, it is advisable to avoid overcrowded locations – and perhaps this user would not even be allowed in if it is too crowded.
Google My Business Accounts also shows which measures are being carried out on site in the context of the coronavirus. Do I have to wear a mask and do I have to undergo a temperature check? Do you need to make a reservation in the restaurant and do the staff wear mouth and nose protection? Google Maps would like to provide its users with this information soon.
However, Google has not yet announced when exactly the feature will be fully rolled out. However, if you want to find out about the requirements in public buildings in advance, you can often do so on the institutions and shops’ own websites. These are also specified on Google My Business Accounts. The data on the live load will in turn be a Google-specific feature that many users will use to plan local store visits or a trip to a restaurant or museum. However, some companies also offer an on-site utilization indicator on their pages.
Since the operators of the Google My Business accounts have to integrate the information on utilization and the corona measures themselves, both Google and Google Maps users ultimately rely on the companies and institutions actively feeding in current information here. For some people, this could also remove hurdles that may exist with regard to a site visit.
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