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How to Add & Remove the Temporarily Closed Label on a Google My Business Listing

The temporarily closed label has been around for several years but is not a very utilized feature currently.  It is meant to be used when your business is closing for an extended length of time, but not permanently.

How do you temporarily close your Google My Business listing?

To get your Google My Business listing marked “temporarily closed” you can go into the Google My Business dashboard and on the info tab there should be an option to mark it as closed temporarily:

How to Remove the Temporarily Closed Label in Google My Business

If you want to re-open your listing after marking it as temporarily closed, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the Info tab inside Google My Business.
  2. Right beside where you edit the address there should be a few buttons off to the right. Click “mark as open”.
  3. If that doesn’t work, click on the Google My Business logo in the top left of your screen to be taken back to the overview tab for your account.  From there, you should see a list of locations in your account.
  4. Check the box beside the listing you want to re-open and click the “Actions” drop-down and click “Open” as indicated in this photo:
  5. Finally, if that doesn’t work, you can go to Google Maps, pull up the business, and click “Suggest an Edit” to mark it as open.

Does the listing rank when it’s marked “temporarily closed”?

As of March 26th, the “temporarily closed” label does not impact the ranking of the listing (it did previously).  Listings with the label added still rank in the 3-pack.

The label does not automatically sync with Google Ads

While searching for examples, I found a restaurant that has the temporarily closed label on it who forgot to shut off their Google Ads account.  The ad for this business has the old hours on it showing the business as open.  This is likely due to the fact that Location Extensions do not automatically sync with Google My Business.


Temporarily closed listings can receive new reviews

Originally, during the beginning of COVID-19, Google made it so temporarily closed listings could not receive new reviews.

This is no longer true and a listing would have to be marked as permanently closed to have the review functionality removed.


Other Options

If you still want to utilize all the Google My Business features (like posts or reviews), you can opt to use special hours instead of having your listing marked as temporarily closed.  This is a more hands-on approach if you don’t think your business will be closed for very long.

Tip: Do not use the opening date feature if your business is temporarily closed.  If you set the opening date to a date in the future, it will cause your listing and reviews to become invisible on Google search and Google Maps.

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