WELCOME BACK: Retail & hospitality open again
Monday April 12th is a huge first step on the road map for Liverpool's retail sector.
With the reopening of non-essential shops, outdoor attractions and outdoor areas of hospitality such as pubs and restaurants. Liverpool One have doubled their outdoor seating capacity to support this.
As non-essential retail and hospitality reopens, more than half the population in the Liverpool City Region has now been vaccinated against Covid-19.
The cold temperatures didn't deter shoppers from queuing outside stores hours before they opened on Monday morning.
Liverpool ONE's reopening plans include the return of the popular 'safe circles' painted on the grass on Chavasse Park, first introduced in summer 2020. The designated socially distanced areas encourage visitors to the enjoy the destination's five-acre park in the heart of the city.
Overall UK footfall is forecast to rise by almost 50 per cent with reopening of non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality. According to retail analysts Springboard, UK-wide footfall figures will jump by 47.9 per cent week-on-week when lockdown ends there.
The number of people visiting restaurants in Liverpool ONE in August was up almost a third compared to the same period in 2019.
Compared to July 2020, Liverpool ONE saw an 85 per cent rise in visitor numbers to eateries, while across the city centre there was a 27 per cent rise in overall footfall compared to the previous month, hitting pre-lockdown levels - a target they'll be hoping to reach and breach.
Elsewhere in the city, The Leather Satchel Company say they’re excited to once again welcome customers into their shop at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. The family business was established in the 1960’s but through lockdown they’ve found new ways to work.
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