Even before the pandemic, the health of our high streets was in decline. Town centres were pockmarked by empty shops. Restaurant chains were finding it hard to stay afloat. Online shopping was attracting an ever greater share of consumer spending.
But coronavirus has turned a trend into a fact. Years of behavioural change have been compressed into a few short months, as out-of-town retailers and commercial offices suddenly find themselves under the same pressures as the high streets.
Caroline Elsom writes for the Daily Telegraph