[27 November] In the last seven days, we’ve seen people descend on towns and cities across Northern Ireland in droves, picking up last minute essentials before a two-week circuit breaker, which closes non-essential retail until 11th December. Combine this with Black Friday offers, which many retailers introduced earlier than ever, and we’ve seen significant increases in movement.
Through the week, driving activity peaked above the baseline, with a weekly average of 96%, reflecting increased mobility across the province. Within Belfast, traffic was also increased, with congestion closer to that seen in 2019. Live data from Thursday, which was the last day non-essential retail, close contact services and non-licensed hospitality venues could open, showed a marked increase in congestion compared to the same period last week.