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Google Travel to provide more COVID-related health and safety information

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Google has made an announcement that it will soon be adding more COVID-related health and safety information to its Google Travel booking service. Google now plans to show health and safety precautions taken up by hotels and homestays. It will also be alerting users of Covid-19 checkpoints and restrictions along their route.

Presently the company allows users to find hotel and holiday rentals with refund rates on Google Travel. It helps users track hotel and flight availability in a certain region.

This week onwards, when users search for hotels or any vacation rental properties through Google Travel, they will likely see a new information about COVID-19 safety precautions taken at the property like enhanced cleaning measures and procedures that are being used, for instance, if they offer an option for a contact-free check-in, etc.

This update follows other initiatives made by Google in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This initiative has been taken by the company to follow the standard of the new normal today amid the ongoing pandemic.

For the new update, the company has tied up with hotel chains, holiday rental providers, and other industry associates to source health and safety data.

Individual hotel owners will directly provide Google all their COVID-19 health and safety procedures using a new tool in Google My Business that lets them add health and safety-related information to their Business Profile.

Several leading hotel chains like Marriott, Comfort Inn (Choice Hotels), Hilton, Best Western, Holiday Inn (IHG), Hyatt, Four Seasons, and Radisson are also partnering with Google on the new effort.

Google has also tied up with large vacation rental providers, medium-sized distributors, and online travel agents, who will be able to provide the health and safety information directly.

Presently, this new COVID-related health and safety information will only be available to users when they search for live on Google.com/travel and not on other Google services like Google Maps.

In September, Google had also added a COVID-19 layer to Google Maps. It provides data to the user about the number of cases per 100,000 in a given map area. Previously, the company had added COVID-19 checkpoints and other transit data with maps, as well as features to help businesses avoid government shutdowns.

The new update – Health and safety information will be made available to Google Travel users globally.

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