Retailers have opened only half of shops since the lockdown restrictions were eased as some customers are still avoiding stores.
Of the 20,351 sites that were allowed to reopen, including restaurants, takeaway shops and travel agents, 52pc had done so, according to a new survey from the Local Data Company (LDC).
Two thirds of restaurants welcomed customers back, with almost all fish and chip shops open as well as Indian and pizza takeaway sites.
Many travel agents were still shut because of national and local lockdowns worldwide, with only 40pc open. Car dealerships and estate agents had the most units reopen as they got the green light from the government before other non-essential businesses.
The East Midlands had the lowest reopening rate across England at just 43pc, with Greater London not far ahead (44pc).
Consumers' reluctance to visit stores, bars and restaurants is putting pressure on businesses. Many are still shielding or fear getting infected, while anecdotally some have been put off by social distancing measures.
About 600 firms in London’s West End alone are at risk of losing £5bn in sales, putting over 50,000 jobs at risk if footfall does not bounce back, the New West End Company estimated.
Visits across Oxford Street, Bond Street, Regent Street and Mayfair fell by 73pc since June 15 compared to last year.
Although the shopping quarter has been busier since non-essential retailers were allowed to reopen, London is still faring worse than the rest of the UK, the New West End Company said.
The West End typically attracts millions of tourists from overseas and abroad, but the restrictions have put off many shoppers.
Lucy Stainton, head of retail and strategic partnerships at the LDC, said: “Despite having the opportunity to trade, many operators have chosen not to re-open, especially in London where footfall is taking much longer to return. Only time will tell how many of these temporary closures will become permanent.”