Pedestrian traffic in US downtowns strengthened in October to -38.1% below the 2019 level, from -40.7% in September and -44.7% in August, reported Springboard.

The rise in weekday foot traffic reflects fewer employees working at home in October than in September (50% in October versus 54% in September) and an improvement in foot traffic between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. (from -46.5% in September to -44.2% in October).

"The importance to downtowns of traffic generated by office employees suggests that downtown traffic will continue to remain substantially below pre Covid levels until employees return to their offices in any meaningful number," wrote Springboard's Marketing & Insights Director, Diane Wehrle.

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