Covid-19 impact: Google Pay launches new additions to help users observe social distancing

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on May 28, 2020

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Google’s digital payments app, Google Pay, has launched a series of new additions on its app to help consumers observe social distancing during Covid-19.

The payments app has now enabled support for its Nearby Stores features across 35 cities in India. The Nearby Store feature which was launched last month on Google Pay helps users to identify stores near them that offer essential goods and are open in their vicinity. The feature was originally rolled out only in select cities across the country.

Apart from this, merchant establishments can now indicate information related to its working hours and other guidelines on the app.

How does it work?

Establishments can indicate their “business hours, whether social distancing measures are in place at the store and the essential goods presently in stock,” the company said. Users in Mumbai can also see if the store is located in a containment zone. The app is also adding features to help consumers with errands such as purchasing cooking gas cylinders.

“Users across the country can also book their cooking gas cylinders from HP Gas, Bharat Petroleum or Indane, and pay digitally via the Google Pay app. All three service providers are now live for all users of Google Pay,” the tech giant said.

To further contribute to the country’s efforts to combat Covid-19, Google Pay has also launched a Coronavirus Spot. This feature provides essential information to users regarding the current situation in the country in terms of the pandemic including the latest, official safety guidelines from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and also links to a variety of charities accepting donations to support relief work.

Published on May 28, 2020

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