SHOPS, restaurants and entertainment venues in South Lakes saw a boost in visitors as indoor hospitality reopened in May, new figures reveal.

The data comes from Google which uses location data from phones and other devices to track trends in people's movement.

The figures showed in South Lakeland, average activity across these areas was 22 per cent below normal levels across the two weekends – May 8-9 and May 15-16 – prior the lifting of restrictions on indoor hospitality on May 17.

On the Saturday and Sunday of the Spring Bank Holiday on May 31, increased activity meant it soared to 44 per cent above normal levels.

Then across the final two weekends with data – July 3-4 and July 10-11 – footfall fell, but remained 18 per cent above pre-pandemic levels.