The recent pandemic caused serious losses in the leisure industry worldwide. The recreation facilities and event management companies have suffered the negative economic impact of the pandemic, and some of them even went bankrupt. Due to facility closures and lockdowns people have no choice to spend their leisure time at home and engage in home-based leisure activities. The leisure time activity participation was already low among Turkish people before the pandemic. The fear of getting infected with COVID-19 led people to stay at home even during the summer times when the lockdown was paused. Families have to spend more time together and share leisure activities. The research on family leisure among the Turkish population is limited. There is a need for understanding leisure activity participation and the constraints that families experience to participate in leisure activities. The purpose of this study was to detect the decrease in participation in leisure activities before and after COVID-19 and to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 as a leisure constraint among Turkish families. The data were collected from 65 individuals from 20 families in January 2021. The results showed that the physical activity has decreased after COVID-19, as it is perceived as the strongest leisure constraint. The government should increase the number of parks and outdoor activity spaces to allow people to both perform physical activities and socialize.
Coskun, G. (2021). Brand new leisure constraint: COVID-19. In C. Cobanoglu, & V. Della Corte (Eds.), Advances in global services and retail management (pp. 1–10). USF M3 Publishing. https://www.doi.org/10.5038/9781955833035
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