The reopening of the indoor hotel industry last month failed to increase attendance in city centers, according to the latest figures.
Footfall increased after the opening of non-essential retail outlets in April, but the numbers were disappointing after restaurants, pubs and cafes were allowed to open indoors in England from May 17.
The gap between attendance in May 2021 and the same period in 2019 – the year used to allow comparison with pre-pandemic periods – widened over the month.
It was down 25.3% in the first week of May and 26.8% last week.
But there was a slight improvement when the month was considered as a whole – attendance was 27.5% lower than the pre-pandemic level of 2019, from April down 32.7% from levels. from 2019.
Main streets were the hardest hit – down 36.3%, while shopping malls were down 30.3% and shopping parks were down 5.7%.
Explaining the reason for the numbers, Springboard, which compiles the data, said: “May was the wettest month on record, which inevitably reduced consumers’ initial excitement about being able to eat out because even visiting indoor environments required braving time.
“Second, the limitations of catering capacity in indoor venues inevitably mean that the increase in footfall generated has been limited; and third, most of the increase in footfall occurred after 5 p.m., when business volumes are much lower than retail hours. “
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This notice was published: 2021-06-02 23:01:00