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UK high street footfall drops as new 10pm curfew introduced


UK high street footfall drops as new 10pm curfew introduced

UK footfall across all retail destinations in the UK fell by 3 percent
last week from the week before as a new 10 closure of hospitality outlets
was enforced.

The overall decline was driven by high streets, where footfall was down
6.8 percent, while retail parks and shopping centres were up slightly 1.1
percent and 0.9 percent, respectively. Footfall across all retail
destinations last week remained 28 percent lower than last year.

It came in the week the government announced people should be working
from home where possible and a new 10pm curfew was enforced in response to
a recent spike in Covid-19 cases.

“There was an immediate and downward shift in footfall in high streets
from Wednesday onwards, which was inevitable given the prevalence of
hospitality and the fact that the majority of offices are based in towns
and city centres,” Springboard insights director Diane Wehrle commented.
“Unsurprisingly, the compulsory closure of hospitality outlets at 10pm from
Thursday onward led to a huge drop in footfall in high streets after
11pm.

“Despite the impact on footfall of the increased government restrictions
from Thursday there was little impact on the annual result, as footfall
actually rose marginally over the three days from Sunday to Tuesday,
possibly due to consumers making trips in advance of further restrictions,
which helped to offset the drops later in the week.”

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