Much like everything else in the world, the act of grocery shopping has become extremely different lately. With the novel coronavirus, its light-like speed, and its second wave upon us, we need to be more careful now more than ever.
Understandably, grocery shopping is typically a bit of a hassle. Still, now, it has become somehow even more stressful, having to worry about wearing a clean mask every time you step out the door and hoping that your nearest store has a short or more preferably, no line.
But not to worry, because Google has informed us with a few statistics that may help make your next visit to the grocery store a little bit easier.
What Findings Does Google Have For Us?
Recently, Google published a few insights on their blog from Google Maps, examining the way routine tasks like eating out, driving, and shopping have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report also predicted how the holiday season may look from the way the global medical climate is spiraling right now.
According to Google Maps, grocery stores are found to be the most crowded on Saturdays from 1 pm to 3 pm. But on Monday mornings, you might have the most luck as they are the least busy at 8 am every Monday.
Google also had a look into the restaurants and found that the best day and time to go out to eat is Tuesdays at 3 pm, as eateries are the least crowded at this time. However, the worst day is Friday around 6 pm, as they happen to be the most crowded at that time.
On Saturdays, coffee shops are packed with customers around 10 am and are found to be the least crowded on Tuesdays at 4 pm. Guess on Tuesdays, we all stay in! Might it be a societal trend that we were unaware of until now?
This blog post also informed us that the reservations for restaurants have gone up to 203% since late 2019, most likely as they are required by many places now.
They also discovered that people are 306% more interested in the term “takeout” amid the pandemic, which makes sense as expectantly we all are spending most of our time at home. It also appears as though the most-searched cuisine over all of the U.S are Chinese, Mexican, and BBQ items.
The unforeseen pandemic has greatly altered living patterns globally. We’re all trying to adjust to the circumstances, and the sooner we start upholding social distancing and other safety precautions, the sooner we get to return to societal standards pre-pandemic.
Until then, stay safe.