The relaxation of the corona measures ensures that we go outside much more.

Last week it was 48.2 percent busier in the shopping street than in the same period a year earlier, retail consultancy RMC reported to on Tuesday based on data from data collector CityTraffic.

However, we are still below the level before the corona crisis.

According to RMC data, it has clearly been busier in the shopping streets since the beginning of March.

From then on, it was allowed to shop by appointment.

But the really steep line can only be seen from mid-April, when shops were allowed to open again under certain conditions.

Since then, more and more Dutch people have moved to the city and now that the catering industry is open again, it is getting busier.

In the week of 7 to 13 June, almost half more people walked around in the shopping streets than a year earlier.

Compared to 2019, however, that was 34 percent less.

Especially growth in large cities

Of course, we should not overlook the fact that people go out more often when the weather is nice, but that does not play such a role in this case, says RMC director Huib Lubbers.

"Last year the weather was also nice and it was much less busy. And moreover, May this year was a very cold month, while there were more people on their feet that month than in 2020."

What is striking is that the large cities in particular are experiencing strong growth.

In Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, The Hague and Almere, it was 59 percent busier last week, while there were 24 percent more people in medium-sized cities.

In small towns, however, it was only 8 percent busier.

According to Lubbers, this is because the corona crisis has had a much greater impact on the major cities.

"There are fewer so-called non-essential shops in small towns and therefore fewer shops had to close. Mobility in those cities has also fallen less sharply as a result."

Looking at the whole of 2021 so far, it is still significantly less busy than in the same period last year (-31 percent).

Compared to the same period of 2019, there were even 60 percent fewer people in the shopping streets this year.