Yesterday the Google Maps has launched a bunch of features to help you get more information about coronavirus-related regulations in your area. We all know cities are opening up around the world, authorities are enforcing new rules for public transit to maintain safety and social distancing.
Google says that when you look for public transport options to reach a place on Google Maps, you’ll get alerts and set of requirements. Like if you need to wear a mask to use these services from local authorities.
The alerts will help you prepare accordingly if government mandates impact transit services or require you to wear a mask on public transportation. These transit alerts are rolling out in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the U.S. with more coming soon.
Addition to that you can also see how crowded public transit routes are based on the time of the day.
The app is also rolling out alerts for routes that might take you across the border such as the US-Canada or the US-Mexico checkpoint, so that you can prepare for COVID-19 restrictions laid out by that country.
Furthermore, if you’re driving to a test center or a medical facility, Google Maps will tell you if you need to make a prior appointment to get tested. It’s useful if these centers are turning down requests that don’t match certain pre-requisites.
All the features are rolling out to Google Maps on both iOS and Android. Read about all the announcements here.