The Social Systems Recovery (SSR) - Environments 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. 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.
• Recommendation for actions to support future decision making.
This is the second report produced by the group and describes the green and open space use in the Autumn 2020. The behaviours and patterns experienced here may be mirrored throughout 2021 as populations in Scotland, the UK and worldwide continue to live with COVID-19.
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Olsen, J. & Mitchell, R. 2021, S&SR Environment and Spaces Group Report: COVID-19 Green and Open Space Use in Autumn 2020, S&SR Environment and Spaces Group. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.36399/gla.pubs.234770