There is evidence to suggest people are shifting away from smaller local centres to bigger destination towns. This is possibly a hangover from the half-term and warm weather, as some people ventured further afield to regional towns for extended weekend breaks.
Google’s COVID-19 Community Mobility Report to Friday 11th June reinforces the move to out of home environments in Belfast from the start of the year.
Time spent in-home has declined from +18% in January to +6% to date this month while visits to supermarkets and pharmacies has increased from -24% to +12%. Visitor numbers to transit stations, workplaces, shopping centres and parks all also show significant recent gains.