Small increase in visitor numbers in the UK

Week 32 shows a small increase of 0.9% in visitor numbers in the UK compared to the week before. This was the first week of the Governments Eat Out to Help Out Scheme, which began on Monday running to Wednesday.   

On these days visitor numbers were up, 5.8% on Monday, 2.3% on Tuesday and 6.6% on Wednesday. This is in sharp contrast to the weekend, where Saturday and Sunday were down -6% and -5.7% respectively, although the weather over the weekend was warm and sunny perhaps drawing visitors away from shopping centres and outdoors, avoiding face masks.

Compared to last year, numbers have been hovering around a -45% decrease compared to last year for a number of weeks.  The week was down -44.5%, slightly better than last week’s figure of -45.8%.