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Life during the Coronavirus outbreak

As the Coronavirus outbreak continues around the world, understanding how people in Britain are spending their time and how they are feeling is all the more important. The information you provide will help to show what day-to-day life is really like and how things like your leisure time, childcare, or ways of working have changed, and continue to change. Your answers will help to inform decisions on matters such as education policies and health initiatives.

Initial findings from the first wave of the study found that, in March and April 2020, Britons were spending less time travelling and working, and more time gardening, doing DIY and resting. But the experience was different for those with the lowest household incomes, who increased their total time in paid work and were less likely to have started working at home. This may reflect the fact that those in the lowest income groups are more likely to be key workers than those in the highest income groups. For more details visit the ONS website or download the ONS statistical bulletin.

The Scottish Government analysed the Scottish component of the sample with a focus on gender differences. The analysis found that women spent more time than men on unpaid work activities, housework/cooking and leisure activities which often have a social element such as telephoning, texting, emailing with friends and family. Conversely, men spent more time than women on ‘other’ leisure activities which have less of a social element, for example browsing the internet. For more details on visit the Scottish Government website or download the gender analysis report (pdf).