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Google Has A New Feature To Help You Plan A Safer Vacation
Google is adding a new feature to its travel portal that will allow travelers to flag coronavirus-related information during the pandemic.
As countries begin to reopen, Google is aiming to help travelers stay safe and informed.
The new feature alerts users to the updated COVID-19 case counts in their destination of choice and informs travelers as to whether or not their chosen resort or hotel offers free cancellations.
“Because the impact of COVID-19 on destinations can vary, it’s important to stay up to date on the latest travel-related information for places you may want to visit,” the company said on its blog.
When you search on Google for information like hotels, flights, or things to do, you will find a COVID-19 travel advisory or restriction for your destination. In addition, Google has introduced driving alerts to travelers about COVID-19 checkpoints and restrictions along your route in Google Maps.
In the coming weeks, Google says it has plans to add a feature that allows travelers to see the percentage of open hotels with availability and flights operating at the city or county level based on Google Flights and Hotels data from the previous week.
“The uncertainty of COVID-19 makes it hard to navigate travel decisions. We’ll continue to share the most relevant information so you can make informed decisions and travel safely when the time comes,” said Google.