[30th April] Today is a huge day for many across Northern Ireland, the first in four months that non-essential retail and hospitality venues can reopen. Queues began forming in Belfast before 9am, with people keen to experience shopping in physical locations once again. Since Christmas audiences have been returning and we’ve watched the average mobility figures creep up. Now that more and more parts of the economy are opening in succession, these numbers are now increasing at pace.
In the last week, average mobility has increased by 9%, to 116% (Apple Mobility Data) with daily figures on Friday and Saturday particularly high. Close contact services reopened to the delight of many, drastically increasing the levels of driving activity on Friday and Saturday.