High street footfall surges across England as restaurants and pubs reopen

sunny weather boosts footfall

Towns and cities across England enjoyed increases in footfall on Saturday evening as restaurants, pubs and bars reopened their doors following lockdown.

The number of people visiting high streets after 5pm on Saturday surged by more than a third compared to the previous week, according to data from Springboard.

However, that figure remained far lower than the volume of people who visited similar locations on the corresponding day a year ago, as consumers eased their way back into more normal shopping and eating habits.   

On the first day since lifting lockdown restrictions for businesses such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, cinemas and hair salons, footfall increased 9.7% week on week by mid-afternoon.

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