Yorkshire's biggest cities face longest recovery as footfall in Leeds drops to 16 per cent of normal levels
Data from the Centre for Cities showed that the UK’s largest cities were experiencing footfall at an average of 17 per cent of pre-lockdown levels.
Conversely, Wakefield was still experiencing footfall of 40 per cent of that of pre-lockdown levels.
With nonessential business due to reopen on Monday June 15, the Centre for Cities suggested that it is not enough for the Government to simply lift the lockdown and expect the economy to return to normal.
It called for the temporarily cutting of VAT and alcohol duty to encourage high street spending in shops and pubs, as well as offering the public vouchers to spend in local businesses – both chains and independents
Additionally, councils are being called upon to ease planning rules to allow cafés, bars and restaurants to temporarily take up space rent free on pavements and parking spaces outside their properties.
Here is how Yorkshire's largest places fared in terms of per centage of normal footfall levels:
Leeds - 16 per cent
Sheffield - 23 per cent
Hull - 24 per cent
York - 24 per cent
Doncaster - 27 per cent
Bradford - 27 per cent
Huddersfield - 30 per cent
Barnsley - 39 per cent
Wakefield - 40 per cent