Business owners are now able to set different Holiday Hours and Special Hours for specific dates in their Google local business page if they differ from regular hours.
Note: You can only set Holiday & Special hours if you have set regular business hours
Holiday Hours & Special Hours
Holiday Hours: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day etc etc
Special Hours: Additional hours over and above your regular hours, for example late night Christmas opening or extended hours during summer holidays and half term.
The display will also change. In the above screenshot the business has not set any Holiday hours for Christmas eve. A red message appears beside the hours, ” Christmas Eve might affect these hours”
If the Holiday hours are set, a Green message will appear, “Holiday Hours.”
This provides that extra information for a customer who may be unsure if the business will be open when they arrive.
Adding Holiday Hours & Special Hours
Google My Business App
To manage holiday / special hours via the Google My Business app, follow normal route to business information, select hours, holiday hours below regular set hours.
( My app has not updated yet )
GMBL: Bulk Management
To manage holiday / special hours for GMBL :
In your bulk upload spreadsheet, locate the “Special hours” column.
Enter the affected days and their special hours in the following format, with “x” to designate an all-day closure. You can enter hours in 24-hour format:
or AM/PM format:
Separate each set of hours with a comma. To enter multiple sets of opening hours in one day, separate the sets into two entries, with a comma in between. For example, the following represents hours for a business that’s open for two distinct periods on December 26, 2015:
2015-11-26: x, 2015-12-25: x, 2015-12-26: 10:00-16:00, 2015-12-26: 17:00-18:00, 2016-1-1: 00:00-00:00
Single Local Business Page
Holiday hours at the moment are not available in the traditional business information dashboard, but there is a work around.
Got to your Dashboard: https://business.google.com/manage/
Then switch to List View
Select your Business Page
This brings up the quick editor, which includes the new Holiday / Special hours that you are able to set.
Holiday / Special hours are able to be set 365 days ( 12 months ) in advance.
The Official GMB Help Doc
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