UK Boxing Day retail footfall slumps 60% amid COVID-19 restrictions

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People walk through Oxford Circus as shops remain closed under Tier 4 restrictions, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Overall retail footfall on Boxing Day in Britain fell 60% compared to the previous year, market researcher Springboard said on Sunday, as the closure of shops in large parts of England due to COVID-19 restrictions hit one of retail's busiest days.

London and large parts of south and east England are now under Tier 4 restrictions, where non-essential retail stores are closed.

Overall footfall in Tier 4 areas was down 75.9%, Springboard said, with footfall down more than 30% in the less restricted Tier 2 and 3 areas, where non-essential shops can stay open but there are restrictions on hospitality venues.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Jason Neely)