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Exeter shoppers slowly returning

VIDEO: Mixed picture across Devon

A month on from the reopening of non-essential shops, footfall in Exeter is beginning to climb. The picture around the rest of the county is mixed. Plymouth has 57 per cent of the footfall of this time last year. In Exeter, the figure is 67 per cent. 

Lillie Hayter from Sobey's Vintage Clothing on Gandy Street, Exeter says they had initial concerns that reopening wasn't working out well, but business picked up once bars and restaurants began trading again a couple of weeks in. A busy city centre leads to more customers.

Ray Robbins of Plymouth City Traders Association says business has been good, but everyone fears a second spike.

A week before wearing face masks in shops becomes compulsory, this short report from BBC Spotlight looks explores the ups and downs of retail life as the pandemic continues.

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