Footfall in Manchester dropped to its lowest ever post-lockdown level last weekend following the implementation of tier 3 restrictions, according to Wireless Social.

In its latest footfall tracker, the wifi solutions provider found that Manchester city centre footfall dropped to -66% on February levels last Saturday (24 October), down 8% on the previous week (Saturday 17 October).

The dip marks the lowest recorded figure since the weekend of 4 July when pubs and bars were first allowed to reopen and footfall in the city was at -68% on February levels.

Across the rest of the UK footfall fluctuated last weekend, seeing a nationwide 3% dip week-on-week on Saturday (-50% of February levels), but an increase of 2% on Sunday (-45% of February levels).

With London still under tier 2 restrictions, footfall remained fairly static for the capital week-on-week, dipping by 1% on Saturday but improving by 2% on Sunday.

In Cardiff, where a ‘firebreak lockdown’ was implemented on Friday 23 October, footfall saw its biggest drop across any of the other UK cities on Saturday, falling by 30% week-on-week to -88% of that seen in February.

Some cities saw surprisingly positive figures, with Birmingham, Bristol and York experiencing an increase in Sunday footfall by 20%, 7% and 12% respectively.