Google maps alerts you to wear a face mask on public transportation.
With Google maps’ new features, you can get alerts when navigating around cities that have begun emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic.
When looking for public transport directions, you’ll now see “relevant alerts” from transit agencies about mandatory precautions you’ll need to take, such as wearing a face mask. You might also be notified If a public transit line is temporarily suspended due to the ongoing COVID-19 response.
“Simply search for a station in Google Maps or tap on the station on the map to see the departure board and busyness data, where available.
“When you look up public transit directions for a trip that is likely to be affected by COVID-19 restrictions, we’ll show relevant alerts from local transit agencies. These alerts can help you prepare accordingly if government mandates impact transit services or require you to wear a mask on public transportation.
“Transit alerts are rolling out in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom and the U.S. where we have information from local transit agencies, with more coming soon.” Maps product director Ramesh Nagarajan wrote in a blog post.
Google Maps gets the information from people who have enabled location history on their Google account. Google notes this setting is off by default, but apps would usually encourage you to turn it on for the best experience.
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