OH, THE PLACES YOU WILL …OR WON’T… GO.

We  recently examined how people in the Gulf South are spending their time. These stats become even clearer when looking at how people in Louisiana, Mississippi, coastal Alabama and the Florida Panhandle have changed their activities, as stay-at-home orders have taken effect.

Based on how people moved about in January and early February, citizens across the Gulf South made significant adjustments in where they traveled as of April 5, according to Google’s mobility data update from April 9.

Following are the parishes and counties along the I-10 corridor between Baton Rouge, LA, and Panama City, FL. People heading to work or out to do some non-grocery shopping dropped significantly. In some places, such as beach communities, there were some marked increases. Here are some of the differences along the I-10 corridor between January/early February and just the last 10 days:

Louisiana

What’s notable in the table above is that St. Bernard consumers visiting the grocery and pharmacy jumped from a 1% increase from Jan./Feb. to a 19% increase between March 20 and April 5.

Mississippi

What’s notable in the table above is that visits to parks significantly decreased in Harrison and Jackson counties between March 20 and April 5, with as much as a 50% decrease in this two-week time frame from Jan./Feb. numbers.

Coastal Alabama

Florida Panhandle

What’s notable in the table above is that visits to parks significantly decreased in Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties between March 20 and April 5, with more than a 60% decrease in this two-week time frame from the Jan./Feb. numbers in Walton County. Visits to retail and recreation destinations also dropped considerably between March 20 – April 5 in Walton County from the Jan/Feb. numbers.