In March 2021, 91% of businesses were closed during as a result of COVID-19, 7% were closed for part of the month and just 2% had remained open. Those businesses still open to some degree were operating at -63% turnover levels compared to March 2019. Please note that a comparison with March 2019 was used as it was not affected by the impacts of Covid-19 (unlike March 2020).
It is estimated that approximately £232 million of anticipated tourism business turnover was lost on the English Riviera during 2020 due to COVID-19, 55% of the total anticipated turnover for the year. An additional £70.9 million of anticipated tourism business turnover has been lost to the end of March 2021 resulting in a total loss to date on the English Riviera (including 2020) of approximately £302.9 million.