Google My Business Functionality During COVID-19

Limited Google My Business functionality due to COVID-19

There may be some temporary limitations in Google My Business functionality due to COVID-19 as Google prioritizes critical services during COVID-19. Their focus is on the quality and reliability of the information on Google Search and Maps. Business owners have access to essential features like whether the business is open or has special hours. Learn about best practices for affected businesses, and what you can do to keep your customers informed. Please take note of these temporary product changes:

Edits of Company Details

Google is temporarily prioritizing reviews for edits critical to health-related businesses. At this time, they will also prioritize reviews for open and closed states, special hours, temporary closures, business descriptions, and business attributes edits for other verified businesses. Merchants should expect delays for other edit types while they prioritize these critical edits with their team. Merchants may experience similar delays when contacting support about these pending edits.

Additionally, some Google My Business merchants may experience delays for all edit types. Should this happen, we encourage you to communicate timely updates to your customers via business attributes and posts during these delays.

Attention: Business posts were temporarily disabled for some businesses and have since resumed. They’re working on reprocessing previously rejected posts – please check within a few days to see whether your post is live, or create a new one. Also, if you are creating a post about business updates related to COVID-19, you can now create a “COVID-19 update”, which will be featured more prominently within your Business Profile.

Newly created listings, claims, and verifications

Google support team will manually review new listings, claims, and verifications for critical health-related businesses. While they prioritize these critical services, please expect a delay for publication of new listings, claims, and verifications for other types of businesses to Google Search and Maps.

Reviews, Q&A, and more

New reviews, new review replies, new short names, all videos, and all Q&A are unavailable during this time.

Google is working as quickly as possible to restore full functionality to Google My Business. We will provide further updates as they become available.

Additional Reading

  • What Does it Mean to Work from Home as a Contractor? Click here.
  • Home Improvement Financing that Helps You Close More Business. Click here.
  • Over Communicate with Your Clients During COVID-19. Click here.
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