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Find out waiting times at shops, clinics and food stores near you during the pandemic

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Tired of standing in long queues and wait for hours before getting into a store? This app helps ... More

Editor's review

Published 5 Jun 2020

The coronavirus global pandemic has caused masses of problems in the world over the last few months not the least being the horrendous loss of life. Consequently, we have had to change many of the ways in which we live whether it is by self-isolation, social distancing or simply by wearing a mask to prevent the virus spreading any further. Many stores have shut their doors while others remain open but with much reduced capacity. This has caused much consternation for many as people are forced to queue outside supermarkets, banks and medical centers. Restaurants will have similar problems as they begin to reopen but with vastly reduced capacities. So here we have a possible answer.

One thing that hasn't changed is the fact that we humans are still very busy people. no matter if there's a crisis or not. In most cases, we just want to get in and out of shops as quickly as possible. What we don't want is to find ourselves lining up in a queue outside the local medical centre with a whole bunch of potentially sick people all around us, do we? Q Waits is a new free app for Android and iOS that gives up-to-date information on queuing and waiting times for the businesses you may want to visit near you. It does this by calling on customers and visitors to simply log the information when they visit so that fellow citizens get all the up-to-date information and know the best times to turn up or shop.

Not only does Q Waits help you by saving you time in your daily routines, it also prevents you from placing yourself in potentially dangerous situations as you are out and about. All you need to do is to check the app when next you are planning a trip into town and you'll see immediately how long you'll have to wait before entry is allowed. This not only helps you, it also helps your fellow citizens as you report the current wait times at various places. Just scroll down the list of shops and businesses and record the wait time. You can also report on the type of service they are offering including normal, curbside pickup, limited entry, online delivery or just plain closed. There's even a section for seniors only shopping. 

You can search for a specific type of shop like a supermarket, a bank or a clinic to see which has a shorter wait time if you're in a hurry. Save your most popular business to favorites and they will always be close at hand. Q Waits will deliver live and up-to-date information on wait times at everywhere from hair salons, pharmacies, gas stations, food stores and medical centers and will also give you details on any other special conditions that apply in this time of Covid-19. With the current situation advising us to avoid crowded places and keep social distance, this app could well turn into one of the most important apps on your smartphone. 

There have been a number of apps that have been created to help keep us safe right now. Some countries have even introduced an app that tells you when you are in close proximity to someone who has had contact with a Covid-19 infected person. Q Waits is another that can do its bit to keep us safe and make our lives just a little bit easier in these difficult times. However, in order for the app to succeed it's important to share it with your friends, family and acquaintances because the more information that goes into it, the more effective it is. Q Waits is available now for free for iPad, iPhone and Android. Stay safe, stay home, use social distancing and wear a mask.

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