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Google provides COVID-related well being and security information to Google Journey – TechCrunch


Google immediately announced it’s including extra COVID-related well being and security data to its Google Travel reserving service. Beginning this week, when customers seek for inns and trip rental properties by way of Google Journey, they might see new details about COVID-19 security precautions on the property — like enhanced cleansing procedures that could be in use, for instance, or if there’s an possibility for a contact-free check-in, amongst different issues.

The corporate mentioned it’s working in partnership with lodge chains, trip rental suppliers and different trade associations to supply this well being and security information.

Particular person lodge house owners will have the ability to straight present Google with their COVID-19 well being and security procedures through a brand new device in Google My Enterprise that lets them add health and safety information to their Enterprise Profile.

At launch, a number of main lodge chains are additionally partnering with Google on the brand new effort, together with Marriott, Hilton, Comfort Inn (Alternative Inns), Holiday Inn (IHG), Best Western, Hyatt, Radisson and Four Seasons, the corporate tells TechCrunch.

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On the holiday rental aspect, Google is working with a variety of companions, together with giant trip rental suppliers, medium-sized distributors and on-line journey brokers, who’re in a position to present this well being and security data straight.

VRBO is amongst these companions, however Google says it’s not working with particular person property house owners presently. It’s additionally not sourcing any of this information from entries in Google My Enterprise, as it’s with inns — solely what’s straight shared by companions.

Presently, this new COVID-related well being and security data is simply obtainable when customers seek for lodging on google.com/travel — and never on different Google providers, like Google Maps.

This replace follows others Google made earlier this yr in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Right this moment, the corporate permits customers to seek out inns and trip leases with refundable charges on Google Journey, in addition to monitor lodge and flight availability in a given space.

In September, Google additionally added a COVID-19 layer to Google Maps, however this offers information in regards to the variety of instances per 100,000 throughout a given map space. Earlier, it had added COVID-19 checkpoints and different transit information to Maps, in addition to features to assist companies survive authorities shutdowns.

The well being and security data will roll out to Google Journey customers worldwide.