THERE has been a huge spike in the number of people visiting parks in Reading.

Google uses location data gathered from phones to help public health officials understand how people’s movements have changed in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

The reports use data from people who have opted in to storing their location history with Google.

The Covid-19 Community Mobility Report dated June 7, 2021, looks at data between Monday, April 26, and Monday, June 7.

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The data shows there has been a large rise in the number of people visiting parks (a 99 per cent rise).

More people have also been visiting supermarkets and pharmacies.

These have seen a 14 per cent rise in visitors.

Fewer people are visiting retail and recreation which has seen a 17 per cent drop in visitors.

People are also using public transport like trains and buses less.

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These modes of transport have seen a 52 per cent drop in visitors.

The data comes as it's believed Boris Johnson will make one change to weddings if he is forced to push back the ending of lockdown on June 21 in England.

The Prime Minister will relax the number of guests legally allowed at weddings – even if the roadmap is pushed back by two weeks.

Debate is continuing over whether the final stages of unlocking restrictions in England can go ahead on June 21, due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus variant first identified in India.