Google is working with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Cooperation (BMC) to source information and to update data on Google maps about containment zones in Mumbai.
Through the app, users from Mumbai city can now determine the safety of an area before they travel especially with increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the city.
According to a statement from Brihanmumbai Municipal Cooperation (BMC), updated information will be provided from time to time by the divisional offices of the corporation. After enabling the COVID-19 layer on the app, the drawings of various restricted areas will appear in gray and subtitled “Covid 19 Containment Zone”. This will help users determine the safety level of the location to where they are travelling.
In order to see this feature, users will have to update Google Maps to its latest version. Once that is done, you can simply select COVID-19 info from the layers button available at the top right of the app.
“The name of each restricted area also flashes along. This will make it easier for citizens to understand exactly where we are, how to plan a trip by avoiding restrictive areas, whether our area is a restricted area or not,” said BMC.
Commenting on this launch, a Google spokesperson said, “As people and businesses emerge from the lockdown, access to clear information about COVID-19 containment zones as recommended by the authorities in Mumbai will enable users to make better decisions as they move around the city. This new feature strengthens our commitment towards working closely with the government to disseminate helpful, authoritative, and relevant information for people during the pandemic.”