Europe Comparison


COVID-19 changed work-related travel

Google’s Community Mobility Reports show how measures taken to curb the COVID-19 pandemic have influenced the frequentation of, for example, leisure venues, groceries, parks and workplaces.

In major city regions, there were significantly less people at their workplaces on a survey workday in late May than there were in early 2020. The number of people who were at their workplace on that day is compared with the baseline day in each area, which is a five-week median for January–February.

Compared with this median, the number of workplace visitors on the day was lower by 40 per cent in the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region and 31 per cent lower in Finland. People’s movements are influenced by local, date-related factors. In the city regions of London, Sofia and Istanbul, slightly less than one-quarter of residents were at their workplaces on the survey day. Sparse travel in the Istanbul region is partly explained by a four-day quarantine that coincided with that day. In Sofia and London, national holidays were celebrated on the survey day. European countries have taken differing measures to control the exceptional situation, and they are at differing stages of the epidemic. In Rome’s city region, for example, the effects of the lifting of restrictions in Italy, can already be seen.

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