This year started quite positive, with slightly more visitors in January (+1%) & February (+4%) compared to the same months in 2019. Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in the UK, we have seen an unprecedented decrease in footfall, starting with a decrease of –41% in March.
The first lockdown began on March 23rd when all non-essential retail along with hospitality had to close. This resulted in a decrease of -90% in April compared to last year, an unprecedented decrease that continued throughout May (-87%). On the 15th June restrictions were eased by the UK government with the announcement that non-essential retailers could reopen, this resulted in a decrease of -70% in June (YoY).