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Google Optimizing Services In Line With Covid 19 Restrictions.

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Google Maps has got a big update that should make it easier for you to find the food you desire without running into crowds and possibly exposing yourself to COVID-19.

Ahead of the public holidays to come, Google has updated Maps telling users the best and worst times for visits to grocery stores, restaurants, and coffee shops, based on the footfall to and from locations. As such, that gives users more of an insight into when they should visit stores and have the best chance of maintaining social distance.

These tools help you know in advance when places are going to be busy so you can save precious time and also social distance.

These insights have helped residents of New York, so if you find yourself in need of a caffeine fix, make sure to avoid picking up coffee on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. when coffee shops across America tend to be most packed. And if you’re planning to shop for a holiday meal, stay away from the grocery store on Saturday afternoons between 1-3 p.m. when you’re likely to encounter long lines.

The new feature is very easy to use, as when you type in direction to a grocery store or navigate to the nearest coffee shop, information about how busy that location is will be served up among the directions.

As such, you can simply use Google Maps as you normally would and get this extra layer of information. It also shows up information about how crowded public transport is on your commute. This means an opportunity for the Techies and developers in Zimbabwe to come up with systems that integrate these features for use in our local market, airports, ZUPCO queue and road ports to name a few spots.

There is also an addition of a COVID-19 overlay that gives users information about the total number of COVID-19 cases in their area, this upgrade to Google Maps should make it easier than ever to stay safe.

If you had no clue on how and some of the ways technology is impacting efforts to curb the spread of Covid 19.

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