Retailers are beginning to bounce back as the number of shoppers hitting the high street rose by a quarter in July.
Bargain hunters are turning out across all shopping destinations in Northern Ireland following the savage three month shutdown, although there are still much fewer shoppers than in the days before the Covid-19 pandemic.
And as the retail sector continues its uphill battle for customers over the coming months, shops are being warned to brace themselves for a difficult trading period ahead.
Springboard, a data firm that monitors footfall in shops, said Northern Ireland saw the shallowest shopping centre decline of all regions.
The good news offers light at the end of a dark tunnel that has blighted the local retail sector recently.
It follows the cessation of trading for bookshop Eason, while Tesco Metro on Royal Avenue plans to close within the year.
Earlier this week, DW Sports and Fitness announced they will close seven of its stores and three of its gyms by the end of August in Northern Ireland.
Aodhan Connolly, director of the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium, said that although Northern Ireland's bounce back was better than elsewhere in the UK, there was no room for complacency.
"It is great news that Northern Irish shoppers are leading the way in returning to our shopping centres," he said.
"It is a testament to the hard work of retailers and those retail destinations to show that the safety of staff and customers is their key priority.
"But figures are still almost a quarter lower than they were last year which is bad news for an industry that relies on footfall to convert to sales."
Mr Connolly said the loss of some big high street names has hit home hard.
"Unfortunately over the past few weeks we have seen some households names in retail stumble and tumble," he said.
"This shows not only how hard the operating environment is for the industry but the need for continued support from the Westminster Government and the NI Executive.
"We need a high street recovery plan immediately. But most of all we need the public to support our industry."
Meanwhile, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has set our six ways of coping in the event of a local lockdown.
The organisation's Northern Ireland director Angela McGowan it's about building confidence if new temporary restrictions are implemented.
"Businesses know that if infection rates spike in an area then new local lockdowns may well be required to protect public health," she said.
"Local lockdowns are how governments manage the risk of infection and reopening the economy safely, so we must get good at them.
"The local Executive will need to act fast on new information, so there may be limited notice, but we must aim for a 'no surprises' approach as far as possible."