Independent retailers nervous following easing of Covid restrictions, says Bira

Bira has revealed that 50 per cent of its members are feeling nervous about the government’s removal of Covid restrictions last week. The results reveal an even split between those who are happy with the changes and those who are not.

55 per cent believe the lifting of restrictions will increase footfall and confidence in the high street. However, 84 per cent say they haven’t yet seen a noticeable increase in foot traffic since the announcement that Plan A measures would be put back into place.

Over 60 per cent of Bira traders are also adamant they will be keeping themselves and their staff masked in the shop, while 43 per cent will still be asking customers to wear face coverings unless they are exempt.

Bira CEO Andrew Goodacre comments: “There is certainly still some nervousness around the restrictions being lifted. Shop owners are uncertain as they want to protect employees and customers.

“It is a positive sign to see the Omicron wave abating, and we hope that this continues once the restrictions are lifted.

“We now are looking for certainty for our future that our retailers will get support from the government to recover and that more changes aren’t brought in again in the future.”

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