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Data shows Bucks is staying at home

Google have analysed movement data to see what's changed in the past few weeks.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:38am 6th April 2020. 3-minute read.

Data shows Bucks is staying at home

Two weeks into the lockdown, it looks as if Buckinghamshire is paying attention to the rules.

Google have been analysing movement data to see what has changed in the past few weeks.

In Buckinghamshire, data shows:

  • An 85% drop in people going to retail and leisure sites 
  • A 57% fall in people at their workplaces.
  • Supermarkets saw a near 40% increase two weeks ago compared to normal
  • These sites have now dropped by 45% compared to an average week
  • Parks peaked by 40% compared to normal two weeks ago (before the lockdown)
  • There has now been a 43% fall in people spending time in parks
  • Train & bus stations have seen the second-biggest drop, down 74%
  • Residential places have only seen a 16% increase in people spending time there
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Many are working from home across Buckinghamshire

These reports show how visits and length of stay at different places change compared to a baseline.

Google calculates these changes using the same kind of method used to show popular times for places in Google Maps.

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Many are sticking to the rules set out by the Prime Minister

Last week, Dr Jenny Harries, deputy chief medical officer for England, said normal life in the UK will not resume for at least six months.

Dr Harries said the three-week reviews on the measures to slow the disease's spread will likely continue for six months and that their success would be judged on slowing its rate.

"But we must not then suddenly revert to our normal way of living, that would be quite dangerous..

"We need to keep that lid on and then gradually we will be able to hopefully adjust some of the social distancing measures and gradually get us all back to normal.

"As a nation we have to be really, really responsible and keep doing what we're all doing until we're sure we can gradually start lifting various interventions which are likely to be spaced – based on the science and our data – until we gradually come back to a normal way of living."

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