With many businesses requiring proof of vaccination, it can be tricky to keep up with which ones do or don’t. Yelp’s latest feature is here to help.
It seems the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t going anywhere for now, even with vaccinations. As these jabs are being rolled out, many businesses are requiring proof of vaccination. To make this easier to keep on top of, Yelp is rolling out a new vaccination requirement feature for businesses.
Yelp Is Rolling Out a New Vaccination Requirement Feature
As the company announced in an official blog post, Yelp is rolling out a new feature that lets businesses display their vaccination requirements. It appears that the new feature is available immediately, alongside some other new features to protect businesses from “review bombing”.
With the new feature, business can display whether or not customers need proof of vaccination to enter their establishment and whether their staff is fully vaccinated. Businesses can display these requirements on their profile, allowing customers on Yelp to find places with policies they’re most comfortable with.
As a Yelp user, you can also filter shops and restaurants to view only businesses with certain requirements. For example, you could avoid businesses that don’t have fully vaccinated staff. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that these labels are optional, so not all businesses will use them.
To keep these labels free from misinformation, only the owner of the business can decide to add them. Yelp also explained that it will monitor business pages that add those attributes to their listing, to make sure the information stays up-to-date.
Currently, Yelp offers a similar label that allows businesses to show whether they require masks or not on their profile. The new labels will be shown alongside mask labels, if they’re added, so customers can see all available information about COVID.
How to Add Your Business’ Vaccination Requirements on Yelp
If you’re a business, it may be worthwhile adding these labels to your profile. Only businesses that interact with customers will need to add these labels.
To add the labels to your profile, login to your Yelp for Business account, and head to the Business Information section. Click on Add (or Edit if you have existing content here), which you’ll find next to Amenities and more.
When this page opens up, you’ll see a list of all the options you can add. Click Yes next to the label you’d like to turn on, such as Staff fully vaccinated. Once you’ve selected all the relevant labels, click Save Changes.
Yelp Is for More Than Just Reviews
We all know that platforms want to stay modern and relevant, and that’s exactly what Yelp is doing. The information the new feature tells customers is essential, and can help to avoid difficult situations.
But with the rollout of the latest feature, Yelp is certainly showing us it can do more than just reviews.
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