Shopper numbers jump 218% as England reopens economy

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in London
A woman walks inside a shop on Oxford street, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in London, Britain April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

April 12, 2021

LONDON (Reuters) – The reopening of England’s shopping districts drew the crowds on Monday, with footfall across all UK retail destinations to 0900 GMT jumping 218% on last week, Springboard data showed.

Springboard said UK footfall to shopping centres had risen by 340%. With infection numbers falling in Britain, English shops, hairdressers, gyms and pub gardens reopened early on Monday.

(Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)