Analysts have reported an “alarming uplift” in visits to shops last weekend as the government appealed for people to obey the UK’s lockdown restrictions.
Figures from retail data specialist Springboard showed an 81% decline in footfall last week compared to the same period last year, as all but essential services were shut in the fight against coronavirus.
But there were widespread reports of people ignoring advice to stay home as the weather improved, with spring sunshine bolstering temperatures through Saturday and Sunday.
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Springboard noted visits to shops rising by 9.5% on Saturday compared with the same