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Photo: Ellyy (Shutterstock) Whether you’re someone who inexplicably felt comfortable dining indoors during the pandemic (when that was an option), or you want to continue to support your local restaurants, but are concerned about whether they’re taking the proper safety precautions, Yelp wants to make the whole process easier for us. It’s also in their best interest: the company reported that it saw consumer interest increase by 41% for businesses that added COVID-19 business updates to their Yelp pages between September 1 and December 31, 2020. Over the summer, Yelp revamped the COVID-19 section on businesses’ pages to allow them to easily add information about their updated service offerings and specific health and safety precautions. At the same time, the app enabled users to leave feedback on the health and safety practices they observed at businesses—a way to clue other customers in on any less-than-ideal experiences. This week, Yelp rolled out additional features to help customers learn about a restaurant’s COVID-19 safety precautions, as well as report when they see staff ignoring public health measures, like wearing a mask. Here’s what to know. Yelp’s new COVID-19 safety features These updates were added to the app on Tuesday, January 12. Here’s how the company explained them in a recent blog post : Yelp will display if users observed, or did not observe, the enforcement of social distancing and staff wearing masks. We know many businesses are prioritizing the health and safety of their customers. This new update further highlights how […]