This update comes in response to the coronavirus pandemic to help people know what to expect when they go to a public place. Google says it has expanded its functionality to more outdoor areas such as beaches and parks and key locations such as grocery stores, gas stations, laundries and pharmacies.
When the feature is available, just open the Maps app on your Android or iPhone ($ 699 on Amazon) or navigate to Google Maps in your browser and move around the map until you find where you want to go. The business information is displayed on the map, so you do not have to search for a specific place to see how crowded it is. It says something like “Not busy”, “busier than usual” or “As busy as it gets.” Google says this new Maps feature will roll out in the coming weeks.
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