It is easy to be judgemental about other people’s moral compasses but these figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) made me sit up and think how lucky I am and how much easier it is to do social distancing if living in a house with a garden or countryside /coast nearby.
This is what the ONS says:
One in eight households (12%) in Great Britain has no access to a private or shared garden during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
This rises to more than one in five households in London (21%), easily the highest percentage of any region or country of Great Britain. The next highest is Scotland, at 13%.
In England, Black people are nearly four times as likely as White people to have no access to outdoor space at home, whether it be a private or shared garden, a patio or a balcony (37% compared with 10%). This is according to survey data from Natural England.
People in semi-skilled and unskilled manual occupations, casual workers and those who are unemployed are almost three times as likely as those in managerial, administrative, professional occupations to be without a garden (20% compared with 7%).
Meanwhile, older people – at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and advised to stay at home as much as possible – are among those most likely to have access to a garden. Just 8% of people aged 65 years and over are without access to any kind of private outdoor space.