Many businesses rely on Google Maps and search to attract customers to their locations, but many had to shut down temporarily during the Coronary virus outbreak. Now, Google Maps has added the “Temporarily Shut Down” option to these businesses. Google recently announced that it would allow business owners to mark their location as “temporarily closed” through Google My Business Portal. This change will occur in Google search results and Google Maps in turn. The company also noted that it would automatically make the change using government data and other authoritative sources.
The feature is now available to business owners. A new page on the Google Support forum shows how business owners mark their location as “temporarily closed” in maps and searches. Companies with limited business hours due to an outbreak do not use this feature, but instead target companies that must be completely shut down during an outbreak or local shelter.
To make your business appear temporarily turned off in Google Maps and Search: Sign in to Google My Business on the user’s computer. In the menu on the left, click the information. Point to the “Close this business on Google” section on the right. To extend this section, the user can click the arrow. Click Mark to temporarily close.
If your business is affected by COVID-19, be sure to take the appropriate steps to notify customers through your Maps list. This new option should be available to all business owners.