In case you missed it, general community quarantine (GCQ) has been extended in Metro Manila. While we’ve been seeing the economy pick up with businesses reopening, mass transportation remains limited. Private cars, on the other hand, are now back on the main thoroughfares.
During the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), Waze made it possible for users to shop for essentials faster by launching region-specific enhancements. Now, the GPS navigation app has been updated further to accommodate the transition of certain areas from ECQ to GCQ.
From receiving a notification about the Luzon quarantine every 24 hours, users are also now notified to “Drive only if necessary” and to “Stay safe and healthy. Follow local travel guidance and only drive if you must.”
If you’re out shopping for essential goods, you can now use the app to locate the nearest store or restaurant offering drive-through and or curbside pickup. Donation centers are also plotted on the map for drivers who want to drop off supplies for the less fortunate during the pandemic.
Since April, COVID-19 reference laboratories have been added to the navigation app, and to date there are 59 labs logged. Waze promises that its map editors will continue to add more once locations are made available by the Department of Health. Waze has also made its COVID-19 Impact Dashboard available so that governments, academics, and interested individuals can gain insight into local driving trends. You can access the dashboard here.
Remember that while we’ve eased on to a quarantine level with fewer restrictions, there is still an ongoing pandemic, and if you have the privilege to work from home and stay there, close your Waze app and don’t drive out.