Many of us are stuck at home at the moment. But for those who have to travel for work or other purposes, access to up-to-date information is a crucial component of staying safe.
Journalists, humanitarians, medical staff and researchers all fall into this camp. But what has become apparent during the coronavirus pandemic which has swept the planet is that the latest data is not always reliable.
Cloud-based safety and risk management company Safeture has produced a free-to-access online map called Open for Business detailing current restrictions relating to the coronavirus pandemic.
These include what lockdown or quarantine measures are in place, internal and external flight restrictions, school closures, the status of public events and links to other sources. The map is an invaluable tool for anyone planning international travel or who merely needs to be kept abreast of national policies to combat the spread of the virus.
The data is continually monitored and updated by Safeture’s analysis team so that sudden changes of policy by national governments can be integrated into discrete country profiles.
Safeture boasts that as a physical product, the information contained within its interactive map would be enough to fill a 1,000-page book.
Free access for everyone
Magnus Hultman, CEO of Safeture, said: “Safeture has access to a ton of critical data, so it makes sense for us to package it together and make it free to the world.
“It was important for us to provide this interactive map for free and make the coding available for embedding on other sites to help the world get back on its feet and open up for business.”
Lockdowns in a glance, all over the globe
By monitoring and updating responses to the virus globally, the map paints a grim picture of just how disruptive this pandemic has been to everyday life. Public events cancelled, international flights grounded, non-essential shops closed – the measures put in place to suppress Covid-19 will have long-lasting effects on global, national and, of course, personal finances as the world slowly recovers in the coming months.
Open for Business will also provide a crucial service for many travellers as countries slowly begin the process of reopening to international visitors and businesses resume normal service.
For travellers and the travel industry
Magnus added: “Countries are slowly beginning to ease restrictions, so it is critical businesses, and families have accurate information so they can safely plan for their next trips.”
This is especially true for the travel industry, where many companies have faced the possibility of economic ruin as anticipated visitor numbers for the summer season have been decimated by travel restrictions.
Open for business
In an industry that cannot rely on digital solutions to fill the gaps in revenue caused by coronavirus, technology has so far offered scant consolation. This, at least, is a step in the right direction, offering potential visitors an easy-to-access resource.
In this unprecedented period of global crisis, access to accurate information has never been more valuable. The Open for Business map provides a glimmer of hope that things will at some point return to normal.