Confirmation of increased footfall has come as a great relief to businesses in Minehead this week.
Actual weekly recorded statistics logged by the footfall monitors installed by Minehead BID early last year show that since shops were allowed to reopen this year, the High Street has bounced back.
“When a relaxation to restrictions took place last summer, we saw a brief footfall rise to near pre-pandemic numbers, but this was short-lived” said Graham Sizer, Minehead BID Chair.
“The footfall data for June has already superseded even those recorded in August last year. Whilst we are currently lacking the Railway and full capacity at Butlins, it is very encouraging that even against this backdrop we can report such robust news.”
As the peak season approaches traders will be hoping the trend continues, but a lack of staff has now become a problem for many. Many parts of the region have experienced a similar challenge. “The hospitality sector has been particularly affected. Recruitment is now a critical issue for many” continued Mr Sizer.
“The town looks very presentable, with additional bunting and floral displays added this year as Minehead continues to punch above its weight. But as we come out of lockdown it has thrown up new and unexpected challenges. It will take a while for things to settle, but at least we are on the right side of recovery.”