Google has spent most of 2020 adapting its services for distance learning, food delivery and other features of the pandemic-affected world. As cities and destinations slowly open up, Google updates search results to show local coronavirus data, hotel availability, and any business or travel restrictions related to COVID-19.
Searching for everything related to travel, such as “hotels in Norfolk VA,” lists your destination’s COVID-19 trends and the percentage of open hotels or flights. Clicking on the COVID-19 data will display coronavirus statistics and news, while clicking on hotel or flight information will take you to Google’s regular hotel and flight purchase pages. This COVID-19 related information is also available on the Google Travel page.
In addition to its updated search results, Google is adding a “Free Cancellation” filter to its hotel tool. You can tell Google Hotels to only show destinations with a free cancellation policy, which can be useful if companies or local authorities reverse their opening procedures.
Google’s updated search and travel results should be available to all users by August 21st. In the meantime, you can use Google Maps to get travel guides on the go and search for hotels and flights on Google Trips.
Source: Google via Engadget