Even in Level 2 and 3 areas where shops are allowed to be opened, the number of visitors on the main street was significantly lower

The main streets of Great Britain were largely deserted on Boxing Day The number of shoppers was down more than 60% year over year as people stayed at home due to stricter coronavirus restrictions

Data from retail consultancy Springboard showed that boxing day traffic in high streets, retail parks and malls in areas with Tier 4 restrictions, where all non-essential stores were things like clothing, toys, furniture and electrical appliances closed Even at levels 2 and 3, when all shops were allowed to open, the number of visitors had decreased by 331% and 385%, as many people chose to stay at home

The UK’s main streets saw a 3% drop in shopping numbers from Boxing Day 2019; Shopping malls were down 654% and retail parks were down 45% Marks & Spencer and John Lewis decided to stay closed on Boxing Day this year

Tighter coronavirus restrictions have tightened business disastrous year Even the larger retailers are struggling; For example, the department store chain Debenhams and the Arcadia Group, which includes brands like Topshop, Burton, Evans and Dorothy Perkins, have brought in administrators

Much of England, which makes up 43% of the population, has strict Tier 4 restrictions, while Scotland and Northern Ireland put new locks on Boxing Day and Wales reintroduced the restrictions that were eased for Christmas Day

Regional cities suffered 722% fewer shoppers while central London saw an 84 1% decline on Boxing Day, Springboard found that compares with declines of 402% in coastal towns and 522% in market towns, showing that people prefer shop on site

Diane Wehrle, Insights Director at Springboard, said, “Boxing Day has drawn fewer retail visitors each year for five of the last seven years as shoppers go online for the best bargains

“Interestingly, Boxing Day has turned into a more recreational-oriented day with shoppers starting their travels later in the day and shopping sprees with dining and meeting family and friends. Closing down on hospitality in Tier 3 and above means shoppers stayed at home and the number of visitors has dropped significantly ”

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/dec/27/uk-high-streets-empty-on-boxing-day-as-shoppers-stay-at-home