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21st Oct, 2021

IN PICTURES - Bromsgrove High Street bustling again as non-essential shops open

BROMSGROVE High Street was bustling again on Monday – but with social distancing in place – when non-essential shops reopened their doors after the Coronavirus lockdown.

Shops are slowly opening in Bromsgrove. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2620010MMR2

Customers flocked to the town centre as Bromsgrove District Council began putting special measures in place to ensure shoppers, store staff and others were kept as safe as possible.

Council officers have been visiting business owners in the town centre along with village centres, including Rubery, Wythall, Aston Fields, Catshill and Alvechurch.

Measures have included social distancing signs reminding people to maintain the two-metre distance, carrying out risk assessments and communications with traders.


Visitors to the district’s shops are being urged to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and to wash or sanitise their hands, all in line with Government advice.

Keeping an eye on the numbers at Burton. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2620010MMR6

Bromsgrove District Council leader, Coun Karen May urged people to support the town and villages’ independent shops and market which, she said, had been impacted on by the lockdown and needed everyone’s help to recover.

“While this is great news for shoppers and traders alike, we need to be mindful that we are still in the midst of a pandemic, continue to keep two metres apart and to keep on washing or sanitising our hands.

“Our signs encourage this but people need to take responsibility to ensure that they keep themselves – and others – safe.”

Click across the slideshow (above) for more pictures.

Visit for more information and Government guidance.

  • Have you been to Bromsgrove High Street or other village centres across the district since the non-essential shops were permitted to open? How did you find it? Was the social distancing observed? Did the council’s measures work well? Email your views to

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