The Social Systems Recovery (SSR) - Environment and Spaces Group is hosted by Public Health Scotland (PHS) and brings together partners from national and local government, the NHS, the third sector and academia. The group was established to bring together evidence on how our responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have affected our environment and spaces and how people interact within these, articulate how this might impact on people’s health and wellbeing, and use this to inform national and local policy and practice responses.

This document is for Government, Local Authorities, the NHS, the third sector and other
professionals involved in environment and planning policy implementation at a national and local level and service providers in both the public and private sector. It covers:
• How COVID-19 continues to influence use of green and open space, including variation by
age, sex, socio-economic status and ethnicity.
• The reported benefit of green and open space for mental and physical health following the
first COVID-19 lockdown and ongoing restrictions.
• Recommendations for actions to support future decision making.
This is the third report produced by the group and describes the green and open space use in
Spring 2021. The report focuses on priorities for pandemic recovery


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Olsen, J. & Mitchell, R. 2021, S&SR Environment and Spaces Group - COVID-19 Green and Open Space Use in Spring 2021 (Wave 3): Priorities for post-pandemic recovery, S&SR Environment and Spaces Group Report:. Available at: https://doi:10.36399/gla.pubs.246702

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