A BUSY shopping precinct has confirmed its reopening plans including creating a new outside hospitality space serving food and drink.

Non-essential retailers in Lion Walk Shopping Centre, Colchester, will reopen their doors from Monday.

A raft of new safety measures will be in place, including Covid marshal patrols, high frequency cleaning, a clearer one-way system and automatic hand sanitising stations.

The new “Lion Walk Secret Garden” will also be serving food and drink seven days a week.

Lion Walk garden


  • A previous event at Lion Walk's garden

Centre manager Martin Leatherdale said: “This year we have all continued to be resilient and tenacious with our efforts to support the NHS and combat the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“With light at the end of the tunnel, we have worked with our retailers and partners to deliver something extra special for when we reopen Lion Walk’s non-essential retail on Monday.

“Alongside the reopening of stores, I am delighted to see the opening of our Lion Walk Secret Garden.

“Set in the open space adjacent to River Island and Boots, we welcome customers to enjoy a beautiful secret garden display, where they can eat, drink, shop, and relax.

“Naturally, we take our responsibility, and diligence, to keep our customers safety very seriously - with the delivery of a robust Covid-19 safety strategy.

“We continue to work very closely with the authorities to ensure that our customers feel safe and look forward to welcoming them back very soon.”

Lion Walk garden


  • A previous event at Lion Walk's garden

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Paul Hedges, event manager, added: “It’s been a great pleasure to work on our new hospitality space for Lion Walk, in what has been an incredibly challenging start to the year for everyone.

“It is our priority to ensure that customers can enjoy the beautiful scenery safely and look forward to welcoming shoppers back when the Lion Walk Secret Garden opens from Monday.”

Retailers will implement their own safety measures and opening times may be adjusted.

Visit www.lionwalkshopping.com for updates.