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Find wheelchair accessible places with Google Maps

Google Blog: “Imagine making plans to go somewhere new, taking the journey to get there and arriving— only to be stuck outside, prevented from sitting with family or being unable to access the restroom. It’s a deeply frustrating experience I’ve had many times since becoming a wheelchair user in 2009. And it’s an experience all too familiar to the 130 million wheelchair users worldwide and the more than 30 million Americans who have difficulty using stairs. So imagine instead being able to “know before you go” whether a destination is wheelchair accessible, just as effortlessly as looking up the address. In recognition of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we’re announcing a new Google Maps feature that does just that. People can now turn on an “Accessible Places” feature to have wheelchair accessibility information more prominently displayed in Google Maps. When Accessible Places is switched on, a wheelchair icon will indicate an accessible entrance and you’ll be able to see if a place has accessible seating, restrooms or parking. If it’s confirmed that a place does not have an accessible entrance, we’ll show that information on Maps as well. Today, Google Maps has wheelchair accessibility information for more than 15 million places around the world. That number has more than doubled since 2017 thanks to the dedication of more than 120 million Local Guides and others who’ve responded to our call to share accessibility information. In total, this community has contributed more than 500 million wheelchair accessibility updates to Google Maps. Store owners have also helped, using Google My Business to add accessibility information for their business profiles to help users needing stair-free access find them on Google Maps and Search…”

Thinking of buying a bike? Get ready for a very long wait.

The New York Times – The United States is facing a shortage of bikes as anxiety over public transportation and a desire to exercise has sent the demand surging: “Some bicycle shops in Brooklyn are selling twice as many bikes as usual and drawing blocklong lines of customers. A chain of shops in Phoenix is… Continue Reading

CDC guidance on reopening America from coronavirus stay-at-home orders

Washington Post – “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week laid out its detailed, delayed road map for reopening schools, child-care facilities, restaurants and mass transit, weeks after covid-weary states began opening on their own terms. The CDC cautioned that some institutions should stay closed for now and said reopening should be guided… Continue Reading

Legal Issues Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak: An Overview Updated

LC CRS Reports – Legal Issues Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak: An Overview Updated May 18, 2020:  “The COVID-19 outbreak has rapidly shifted the congressional agenda in recent weeks, while altering the daily lives of millions of American residents. Alongside the many medical, economic, social, and public policy questions raised by the pandemic are a… Continue Reading

CDC releases shortened version of re-opening guidelines

Axios: “The CDC finally released long-delayed reopening guidance for schools, workplaces, camps, childcare centers, mass transit, and bars and restaurants. The six one-page “decision tool” documents use traffic signs and other graphics to tell organizations what they should consider before reopening. The CDC planned a document for churches, but that wasn’t posted, AP reports. The… Continue Reading

COVID 19: Consumer Loan Forbearance and Other Relief Options

LC CRS Reports – COVID 19: Consumer Loan Forbearance and Other Relief Options May 14, 2020: “A growing number of reported Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)cases have been identified in the United States, significantly impacting many communities. This situation is evolving rapidly, and the economic impact has been large due to illnesses, quarantines, social distancing, local… Continue Reading

Has covid-19 killed globalisation?

The flow of people, trade and capital will be slowed, May 14 2020 edition. “Editor’s note: The Economist is making some of its most important coverage of the covid-19 pandemic freely available to readers of The Economist Today, our daily newsletter. To receive it, register here. For our coronavirus tracker and more coverage, see our hub… Continue Reading

Internet Lessons from COVID19 by Vint Cerf

MEDIAMANA – “[This article is a part of an online symposium on the value of Internet Openness at the time of COVID19. The symposium is a joint outcome of the Internet Governance Forum coalition on Net Neutrality and Community Connectivity. Read all the articles in the symposium here.] The novel SARS-COV-2 virus that leads to… Continue Reading

New map shows where DC sidewalks are wide enough to socially distance

Greater Greater Washington – Matthew Holden:  “…Meli Harvey, an urban planner based in New York, published the site sidewalkwidths.nyc. This interactive map highlights which sidewalks pedestrians might have an easy time social distancing, and which sidewalks where this would be challenging, if not impossible. Helpfully, not only did Meli publish the site, but they shared their code… Continue Reading

Flying During Coronavirus: How Airlines Are Changing Their In-Flight Rules

Conde Nast Traveler – The latest on mandatory masks, blocked middle seats, and updated boarding procedures. “After coming to a near standstill due to the coronavirus outbreak, the air travel industry is turning its collective attention to what it will take to get passengers flying again. The first step: making fliers feeling safe in the… Continue Reading