Google Maps is full of helpful features and Google continues to make it more useful for its users. The new updates will help people navigate around cities where lockdowns have started to lift. When a user will search for public transit directions, Google will now prompt them with "relevant alerts" from transit agencies about the precautions they will have to consider that will include wearing a face mask. Moreover, if a public transit line is suspended due to lockdown or any other reason, you'll be alerted about it as well.
Maps are also making it more convenient to see how crowded a train station normally is, but since past data might not be applicable in the current situation, users will still be able to access an option for viewing "crowdedness
More alerts will also be added to the driving mode where teh user will be prompted about COVID-19 checkpoints and any limitations on the route you choose, especially when going through borders. Google will display these alerts on the main screen of the app and also after you've begun navigation.
And if you enter a hospital or any other medical facility as the destination, Google Maps will ask you to check and see if the place is not full or busy to serve you. “An appointment may be required for COVID-19 testing here,” is an example of such alerts that will be added starting this week for medical facilities in the US, South Korea, Indonesia, and the Phillippines.
Earlier in March, Google Maps urged users to contact their doctors if they had any symptoms of COVOD-10 before visiting hospitals. This was followed y the peak of COVID-19 cases around the world when healthcare facilities were beginning to get exhausted. As many restaurants have opened their doors to business, Google has also focused on takeout and delivery food options in the app.