For much of the last year there has been an eerie feel at one of Hull’s busiest shopping centres.
While things returned to some normality last summer, by the time autumn arrived, we were back into lockdown.
During the toughest restrictions St Stephen’s shopping centre was only open to Tesco and Boots customers.
But over the last few weeks we have seen the gradual reopening of more and more shops and, come Monday, most of the centre’s outlets will be open.
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That means restaurants and leisure facilities will finally open their doors once more.
From Monday, restaurants at St Stephen’s such as Nando’s, Zizzi, Prezzo and Real China, will be reopening indoor dining.
Other food outlets including Burger King, WoknGo, Subway, Greggs and Tesco Extra’s restaurant will have some indoor seating available too.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy a day or night out with family and friends at leisure venues, including the much-anticipated Lost City Golf venue which has had to delay opening due to the pandemic.
Funstation and Rock Up will also reopen on Monday while Gravity Trampoline Park open back up from Thursday.
Reel Cinema has announced that film fans will be able to flock back from Wednesday, May 19, to enjoy a line-up of new releases, including Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway.
St Stephen’s will continue to have its one way ‘keep left’ system, hand sanitising stations and enhanced cleaning regimes in place. All visitors must continue to wear a face covering indoors unless exempt for medical reasons.
Jim Harris, centre manager at St Stephen’s, said: “This is another big milestone moment for us all at St Stephen’s. It’s exciting for us to finally give our visitors the chance to really enjoy a full day out with us for shopping, dining and leisure.
“The wellbeing and safety of everyone at St Stephen’s remains our priority, so visitors can rest assured that we have extra measures in place to help everyone safely enjoy their experience with us.”
More information to help you plan your next visit to St Stephen’s can be found on its website.