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Frome town centre is definitely open for business once again. After a very difficult few months Frome’s shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and other businesses are ready to welcome you back to the centre of Frome again as lockdown restrictions start to lift.

Savour a proper coffee again, finally get that haircut, meet a friend to catch up on the lockdown gossip over an appropriately distanced lunch, buy a new summer wardrobe, choose your next ‘staycation’ read, pick up something lovely for the house or garden, get a gift for someone you love, pick up that restaurant takeaway. The opportunities are endless again because Frome businesses are ready and waiting with good social distancing measures in place so you can once again enjoy a safe trip into town.

Just so you know you can’t drive through the centre of Frome but Mendip District Council car parks are all accessible to traffic and it’s free to park in them until 6 August. You can find out more about what’s happening with these improvement works here but it should be good for the town when the works are finished.

And you can still drive down into Frome because car parks across the town are open and accessible. Cork Street and Market Yard car parks, which are the nearest to the town centre, are both free along with all other Mendip District Council carparks like Merchants Barton beside M&S, South Parade and Vicarage Street after the council announced it was extending its free parking until 6 August to support local businesses, which was very welcome news. Some of our narrower side streets are also being kept just for pedestrians during the day to help us all social distance while we walk around and if we have to queue outside.

Our local businesses have been incredible since lockdown was announced on 23 March. The essential retailers have kept their doors open, their shelves stocked (as best they could in the beginning) and even set up new ways to get what you needed to you, by introducing home delivery and click and collect. Non-essential businesses, cafes and restaurants also had to rethink their offer overnight and everyone has done their bit to try to make sure the people of Frome could still get essential supplies and a lot of the other items that made life just that bit more bearable.

But now the town is starting to return to the new ‘normal’, with more shops, hairdressers and hospitality businesses opening up. All businesses must complete a risk assessment based on government guidance before they can open and they will have introduced new rules to keep you and their staff safe.

So you can return to the town centre and start supporting local businesses in person safe in the knowledge that they are doing what they can to stay safe. And don’t forget many are still offering online shopping, click and collect or home delivery if you are still not quite ready to venture out. But please do all you can to #shoplocal and #shopfrome.

  • Please check and follow each establishment’s social distancing rules, even if that means you have to use hand sanitiser a lot!
  • Be respectful as you walk up and down our narrow streets and keep as much to the 2 metre distance rule as you can, and when queuing.
  • Enjoy the town again and support our great local businesses!