The Moor busier than any Saturday in 2019 as Sheffield shoppers head back to city centre

Sheffield’s busiest shopping parade enjoyed a record-breaking return to action as non-essential stores reopened following lockdown.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 10:18 am
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 10:27 am

The owners of The Moor revealed that last Monday, April 12, the day on which the restrictions were further eased, 52,000 visitors were recorded.

They said that was 10 per cent more than on the busiest Saturday in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic.

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Thousands of shoppers visit The Moor on the first day of the reopening of non-essential shops.

These statistics are the latest encouraging sign that Sheffield city centre is bouncing back well from the crippling effects of lockdown, which left its usually bustling streets eerily deserted.

Sheffield Council revealed last week than more than 40,000 people had visited the city centre – excluding The Moor – last Monday, which was double the amount recorded the previous week.

It’s not just shops which have been busy over the last week, with queues seen outside hairdressers and pubs as beer gardens were permitted to reopen too.

Edward Highfield, the council’s director of city growth, said there had been an ‘overwhelmingly positive reaction’ to reopening.