What time does B&Q open today? Opening hours and delivery advice

EVEN though a number of Covid restrictions are still in place, B&Q stores remain open.

But shoppers must follow certain rules while visiting stores – like wearing masks and keeping to social distancing measures.

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If you want to avoid going into a B&Q store, you can still order items online for home delivery and click and collect too.

Delivery charges apply – we explain more below – but click and collect is free.

What time is B&Q open?

B&Q and all DIY stores were classed as essential retailers, so they were allowed to stay open during lockdown, along with supermarkets and banks.

Now, all shops are open – non-essential retailers were allowed to welcome customers back on April 12.

Stores are typically open from 7am until 8pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays, but check ahead in case there are any local changes.

You can use B&Q's store finder tool to find the opening times at your local store.

B&Q has almost 300 shops across the UK.

What are the rules for shopping at B&Q stores?

When you go to a B&Q store, you can expect some safety measures and rules.

You'll have to follow social distancing measures in store and if you're queuing to get in outside, keep two metres apart and make sure you wear a mask, unless exempt.

There will be markers and signage explaining what you need to do.

On its website, B&Q has said that customers should sanitise their hands before entering the store using the shop's hand sanitiser station.

Customers should also shop in groups in small groups, no more than two people.

B&Q is advising people to shop at quieter times of the day, which is earlier in the morning and later in the afternoon, when they can expect less queuing.

You should have a shopping list ready so that staff can guide you to the right section rather than browsing.

At the checkout, paying with contactless is preferred over cash where possible.

How do I click and collect at B&Q in lockdown?

You can order what you want online and then pick it up in store, saving you having to walk around inside shops.

When you're buying online, simply choose click and collect and select which store you want to pick up your order from.

It will be ready within one hour, unless the store is closing sooner in which case it will be the next day.

You'll need to have your order confirmation, either on your phone or printed out, the card you paid with, and proof of identity (driving licence, passport or proof of age card).

Someone else can collect the order for you but they will need the order conformation and their own ID.

Click and collect is free from B&Q.

How do I get B&Q home delivery?

You can buy online and get delivery to your home so you don't have to visit any branch at all.

Next day and named day delivery costs £5 or is free for orders over £50, while there's an additional £5 fee for Sunday delivery.

Larger items are £10 or free on orders over £250 and for bulk delivery it's £30 or free on orders over £350.

Keep in mind the process is different if you're ordering an entire bathroom or kitchen and getting it delivered.

Boris Johnson placed England into its third national lockdown on January 5.

During the first lockdown, non-essential shops were closed from March 16 until June 15.

For the second lockdown, non-essential retail closed for four weeks, from November 5 until December 2.

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