This report published by the MRC on behalf of the Social Systems Recovery (SSR) – Environments and Spaces Group, which is hosted by Public Health Scotland, describes how COVID-19 continues to influence use of green and open space. The report covers the reported benefit of green and open space for mental and physical health following the first COVID-19 lockdown and ongoing restrictions and recommends actions to support future decision making. It includes detail of how this varies by age, sex, socio-economic status and ethnicity. It found inequalities in visiting green and open space; 71% of people categorised as high socio-economic status visited in the previous four weeks compared to just 53% of people categorised as low socio-economic status.
Authors: R. Mitchell, J. Olsen
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