Jorge: Google collects mobility data from anonymous phone data. It’s how they know when stores are busy, where there are traffic jams, that sort of thing.
Across Canterbury during the first week of lockdown in 2020, visits to grocery stores and pharmacies dropped 48 per cent, workplaces dropped 69 per cent, parks dropped 76 per cent and transit stations dropped 86 per cent.
The clearest sign of the impact lockdown had on our movements? Visits to retail stores and recreation areas dropped 88 per cent.
The number of hours spent at home increased 31 per cent. It’s worth noting that we already spend a lot of time at home, even during workdays so the increase here was always going to be smaller than other places.
Note: the baseline used by Google is the median value for the corresponding day of the week during the five-week period 3 Jan – 6 Feb 2020.