Will DIY stores be open in lockdown? Is B&Q, Wickes and Screwfix open?
Boris Johnson announces new national lockdown
England has been plunged into its third national lockdown in 10 months as rising coronavirus cases prompted the Prime Minister to announce new restrictions on Monday, January 4. Boris Johnson said the new Covid variant was up to 70 percent more transmissible, meaning it is easier to pick it up and pass it on, sparking the immediate installation of the new rules.
Mr Johnson said: “With most of the country already under extreme measures, it is clear that we need to do more, together, to bring this new variant under control while our vaccines are rolled out.
“In England, we must therefore go into a national lockdown which is tough enough to contain this variant.”
The rules state you can only leave your home to:
- shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
- go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
- meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
- seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- attend education or childcare – for those eligible
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Will DIY stores be open in lockdown?
All non-essential retail must close in the third national lockdown for England.
This means clothing shops, homewares, stationery and card shops, for example.
However, DIY shops can remain open under the Government guidelines.
The rules state essential retail includes “food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences”.
Is B&Q open?
B&Q will be open during the next England lockdown.
A statement from the firm said: “We remain open and here to help.
“In line with Government guidance, online planning appointments are available at all stores.
“Customer and colleague safety continues to be our priority and, where local lockdown restrictions apply, we may need to reschedule pre-booked in-store appointments.
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Is Wickes open?
Wickes will also remain open during the lockdown, and has updated its measures in place to protect both staff and customers.
The firm says: “We will limit the number of customers in our stores to a maximum of 30 at a time. A queue system will be in place.
“Our delivery slots are currently available up to 7 days in advance. We release additional delivery slots daily.
“You can place an order using our Click & Collect service and collect your order within 1 working hour.
“All confirmed deliveries remain booked in.
“Our showrooms are open to browse. Design appointments are only available virtually.
“All Showroom kitchen and bathroom deliveries and installations are continuing as planned.”
Is Screwfix open?
Screwfix has confirmed all 700 stores will remain open across the UK.
However, there are safety measures in place in all stores.
All Screwfix shops are open from 7am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 7am to 6pm on Saturdays and 9am to 4pm on Sunday.
However, shoppers in Sutton Coldfield, Stratford upon Avon, Port Talbot and Evesham will have temporarily reduced opening hours.
Screwfix says this is “because staffing levels mean we are unable to safely open for our full hours, we apologise for any inconvenience and hope to reopen them when possible.”
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