In light of the coronavirus outbreak, Google wants businesses to update their Maps profiles to reflect any changes that may impact customers.
On a new Support page, Google requests businesses update their opening hours to let customers know vital information, such as whether or not the company is closing early, so they can better plan ahead.
Google suggests that each business can update its profile with any precautions that are being taken, service changes in the local area, or potential delays. Businesses can also use ‘Posts’ – images, texts, and videos that are published directly on Google Search – to share information about the products and services that are, or are not available, as well as providing customers with alternatives.
The coronavirus has been disrupting the technology industry in a number of ways, from production to events. Multiple conferences, including MWC, CP+ 2020, GDC, F8, SXSW, and E3 have been canceled over fears of spreading the virus. Meanwhile, Apple has been met with an iPhone shortage losing them billions, while Nvidia is expecting an $100 million hit.
Google itself has had to cancel its I/O developers conference, and has told its 100,000 workers across the United States and Canada to work from home. This news comes as the number of coronavirus cases in the United States has grown to nearly 1,000.