New Google Maps features now alert users on COVID19 travel restrictions

Getting to places is a lot more complicated these few months with the current COVID19 situation. In order to make life slightly easier for us Google is adding new features on its Maps service to alert users on COVID19 related travel restrictions. This new update will help users plan their trips better especially when we want to adhere to social distancing rules. 

In the latest version of Google Maps on both Android and iOS, you will be alerted on important information if you need to head out, be it by car or public transport. What sort of important information you might ask. You will receive alerts on transit services or if you are required to wear a mask. (You are required to wear a mask in Singapore if you leave the house). Transit alerts are available in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom and the U.S. where we have information from local transit agencies, with more coming soon. 

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When you are going to medical facilities or COVID19 testing centres, an alert will remind you to verify eligibility and facility guidelines. This is to help make things easier on the local healthcare system. Currently these alerts are available in Indonesia, Israel, the Philippines, South Korea, and the U.S., and testing centre alerts will be available in the U.S. We checked and Singapore does have alerts reminding you on facility guidelines.

Last year, crowdedness predictions for public transport is introduced to Google Maps. And now you can contribute crowdedness information too. Look up Directions, tap through to see the transit details, then scroll down to find crowdedness predictions and contribute your own experiences. Unfortunately, this feature is not available in Singapore, but it would be great if Google could add this feature for us.

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Google is still working with different countries to help people all around the world to adapt to the current situation. Let’s do our part and stay home whenever we can. For more information, you can read up on Google Maps new features here.

Alternatively, here is How to wash and take care of our reusable fabric masks, especially if you use them everyday.


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