Activities along the I-10 corridor in the Gulf South

In mid-April, we examined how people in the Gulf South were spending their time and moving about, or not. Comparing movements between January and early April, citizens across the Gulf South made significant adjustments in where they traveled in the battle against COVID-19, according to Google’s mobility data.

Now see what changes are happening along the I-10 corridor between Baton Rouge, LA, and Panama City, FL, between April 5 and the last two weeks.

Louisiana

When it comes to getting out for retail and recreation, the rate at which people are moving about is almost near the January/February levels across the Gulf South. Louisiana is the exception, however, as people are slower to return to these activities in this state compared to regional counterparts. This is likely due to Louisiana being one of the states hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic and New Orleans, in particular, following stricter reopening policies than the rest of the state.

Mississippi

Coastal Alabama

The largest spike is found in Alabama’s Baldwin County, where the number of people visiting parks increased to 104% as of May 29 from January/February. As of April 5, the rate was at -44%, so this marks a substantial increase from the April 5 data.

Florida Panhandle