Shoppers vow to head back to the High Street in major snap survey

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Shoppers vow to head back to the High Street in major snap survey

Shops and many businesses in England have reopened today after months of enforced lockdown, and it appears tills will be ringing again.

More than half of the 11,000 people who have so far voted in an InYourArea survey this morning said they planned to return to the shops.

Almost a third (29%) said they would do so only for essentials, however, while almost a quarter (23%) said they would be out supporting the high street more broadly.

Only 5.3% said they would carry out all their shopping online from now on, but 16% said they thought it was too early to be opening shops now. Fifteen per cent said they weren’t sure while 9.6% said they couldn’t go even if they wanted to due to self-isolating or shielding.

The UK lockdown began on March 23, initially for three weeks, with a gradual easing of the restrictions over the past few weeks and businesses in England being allowed to reopen from today.

InYourArea and our sister network of newspapers and news websites has been running the #IAmOpen campaign to help support traders getting back on their feet.

We have pledged to tell millions of people through our channels that our favourite local shops and services are back in business and finding new ways to safely serve customers whilst abiding by social distancing rules.

And what’s more, it is free to be featured and get involved.

We appreciate that today is just the start of a long road to recovery for many, so our support does not end there.

Alongside #IAmOpen Day today, we have launched the #IAmOpen community too.

By signing up your business can have access to exclusive marketing advice, offers, networking and participation in future Reach #IAmOpen events.

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