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The number of customers decreases after the introduction of mandatory face masks in stores, figures show

The number of customers decreases after the introduction of mandatory face masks in stores, figures show

  • The number of visitors in England fell by 1.6 percent since masks were made mandatory
  • The largest decrease was in the retail parks, where it fell by 6.6 percent
  • Main streets increased by 1.9 percent, shopping centers by 4 percent

The number of customers has decreased since the introduction of mandatory face masks in stores, figures show.

The decline is visible in last Friday’s statistics, compared to the previous Friday when the law changed.

In that period, the number of visitors in England fell by 1.6 percent – with the sharpest drop in retail parks, where there were 6.6 percent fewer visitors.

Shopping centers, down 4 percent, also suffered, while the main streets fared slightly better, up 1.9 percent.

The number of customers has decreased since the introduction of mandatory face masks in stores, figures show

The number of customers has decreased since the introduction of mandatory face masks in stores, figures show

The decline is visible in last Friday's statistics, compared to the previous Friday when the law changed

The decline is visible in last Friday's statistics, compared to the previous Friday when the law changed

The decline is visible in last Friday’s statistics, compared to the previous Friday when the law changed

But experts warned that it was too early to draw conclusions, as the total number of visitors in Scotland increased by 3.9 percent.

In Wales, where masks are not required, the number of customers decreased by 0.3 percent.

“It seems that the introduction of mandatory facial coverings in stores … in England has yet to increase shopping activity,” said Diane Wehre of Springboard, the company that compiles the figures.

“Compared to last year, visitor numbers in all shopping destinations in England remain 37.8 percent lower.”

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