The tech wants Maps users to see updated opening hours and the latest information on how businesses are adjusting as the virus spreads.
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This story originally appeared on PCMag
In light of the coronavirus outbreak, Google wants companies to update their Maps profiles to reflect any changes that may affect customers.
In a new support page , the technology company asks companies to update their business hours so that customers know vital information, such as whether or not the company closes early, so that they can plan better in advance.
Google suggests that each company can update their profile with any precautions being taken, changes in the service in the local area or possible delays. Businesses may also use “Posts” (images, text, and videos that are published directly in Google Search) to share information about products and services that are available or not, as well as to provide alternatives to customers.
The coronavirus has been disrupting the tech industry in several ways, from production to events. Several conferences, such as MWC, CP + 2020, GDC, F8, SXSW, and E3, have been canceled for fear of spreading the virus. Meanwhile, Apple encountered an iPhone shortage losing them billions, while Nvidia expects a $ 100 million hit.
Google itself has had to cancel its I / O developer conference, and has told its 100,000 workers in the United States and Canada to work from home. This news comes as the number of coronavirus cases in the United States has risen to nearly 1,000.