Shoppers stayed absent from the significant street after Boris Johnson announced “Approach B” constraints to deal with omicron in a blow to retail and hospitality companies at their busiest time of yr.

Visits to outlets across Britain fell final week as the public had been warned that the new Covid variant is hugely contagious and urged to do the job from household, according to facts from Springboard.

Meanwhile Dyson grew to become the hottest corporation to notify some staff they ought to continue coming to the business office amid a growing enterprise backlash against the new constraints.

Shopper numbers had been down one.1pc in the week to Dec eleven as opposed with the previous seven times, according to Springboard, pushed by a two.7pc fall in visits to significant street stores. 

Footfall was particularly subdued on Saturday – usually a peak investing day ahead of Christmas – with a one.2pc fall in numbers.

Diane Wehrle, of Springboard, reported: “The hoped pre-Christmas boost in investing did not materialise… Footfall did increase in retail parks and purchasing centres, but only by a marginal amount of money, which wasn’t plenty of to supply an uplift in general.” 

Footfall was down 18pc final week as opposed to 2019 stages, but it was 18pc over final yr when Covid circumstances had been also surging. 

The most significant fall of 5.7pc was in coastal towns, partly because of to the chilly climate, followed by stores in central and outer London, down by 5.3pc and 5.2pc respectively.  

Companies are very likely to fear a even further fall in the small expression. The facts addresses the period of time after Approach B guidelines had been announced but before the new guidance to do the job from household where feasible took impact on Monday.