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Impact of COVID-19 on Urban Everyday Life in Greece. Perceptions, Experiences and Practices of the Active Population

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School of Science and Technology, Hellenic Open University, 26225 Patra, Greece
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School of Civil Engineering; Division of Transportation and Construction Management, Highway Laboratory, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Sustainability 2020, 12(22), 9410; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12229410
Received: 7 September 2020 / Revised: 27 October 2020 / Accepted: 10 November 2020 / Published: 12 November 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic that erupted in early 2020 has affected the everyday life, the practices, and the perceptions of the global population significantly. The aim of this paper is to investigate the perceptions, experiences, and practices of the active population regarding everyday urban life (working conditions, mobility, urban space, etc.) in the context of the first wave of the pandemic, by focusing on people who live and work in Greek cities. The data were collected using a structured questionnaire addressed to an active population. The majority of respondents declared that their personal and family lives were affected by the lockdown, with significant effects on their professional life and economic activities. Stress and fear were two feelings that increased. As far as mobility was concerned, the majority of respondents were unwilling to change their commuting practices. Although most of our findings presented a homogenous distribution in our sample, some changes in perceptions, experiences, and practices were correlated with the gender, age, and family status of the respondents. The results of the analysis provide useful information to policy makers and show that it is necessary to radically rethink aspects of urban space and urban mobility, in relation to the multiple problems and dynamics of the active population. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; perception; experience; practice; mobility; urban space; Greece COVID-19; perception; experience; practice; mobility; urban space; Greece
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Vatavali, F.; Gareiou, Z.; Kehagia, F.; Zervas, E. Impact of COVID-19 on Urban Everyday Life in Greece. Perceptions, Experiences and Practices of the Active Population. Sustainability 2020, 12, 9410. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12229410

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Vatavali F, Gareiou Z, Kehagia F, Zervas E. Impact of COVID-19 on Urban Everyday Life in Greece. Perceptions, Experiences and Practices of the Active Population. Sustainability. 2020; 12(22):9410. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12229410

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Vatavali, Fereniki, Zoi Gareiou, Fotini Kehagia, and Efthimios Zervas. 2020. "Impact of COVID-19 on Urban Everyday Life in Greece. Perceptions, Experiences and Practices of the Active Population" Sustainability 12, no. 22: 9410. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12229410

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