Google Maps Has New Features To Help You Navigate Coronavirus Hot Spots

It's hard to not think about the coronavirus right now, and with different rules and restrictions all over the place, it can be hard to keep it all straight.

Google Maps is trying to ease a little bit of that confusion & frustration with some new features to help you safely get around during the coronavirus pandemic. To assist travelers, Google Maps is collecting data from local and national agencies and governments and providing users with pertinent testing alerts, restriction alerts, and public transit alerts.

Google Maps will alert you to COVID-19 checkpoints when crossing national borders, as well as varying restrictions along their routes in Canada, Mexico & the United States. You'll be notified if you're entering an area impacted by certain restrictions, such as a mask mandate or social distancing regulations. Google Maps will also remind users heading to a testing facility of guidelines, "to avoid being turned away or causing additional strain on the local health care system."

If you're using Google Maps to navigate public transportation in an area affected by COVID-19 restrictions, you will receive alerts from local transit agencies with reminders of regulations, like mask requirements or if government mandates are impacting transit services. Not all services are available in every country yet.

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