Will B&Q stay open in second lockdown?

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A second lockdown is being implemented in England to stop the spread of coronavirus, with daily cases currently sitting above the 20,000 mark. Non-essential shops will be forced to close from Thursday, November 5 until Wednesday, December 2, alongside other measures such as staying at home. Will B&Q stay open during the second lockdown, what about other DIY stores?

In order to reduce social contact, the Government is ordering specific businesses and venues to close.

The Prime Minister has admitted he is ‘“truly, truly sorry” for the impact this will have on the businesses that do have to close.

A month of lockdown means only shopping for essentials and limiting the number of times you visit shops that are allowed to be open.

All non-essential retail stores will be closing from Thursday, including clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops.

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According to the government website, the following shops will be permitted to open during lockdown:

  • Supermarkets
  • Newsagents
  • Off-licenses
  • Post Offices
  • Garden centres
  • Petrol stations
  • Pet shops
  • Pharmacies and health shops
  • Takeaways and food deliveries
  • Medical services ie dentists/opticians
  • Hotels, hostels and other accommodation – but only for those who have to travel for work purposes
  • Playgrounds
  • Jobcentre Plus sites
  • Courts
  • Civil Registrations Offices

Can hardware and DIY stores stay open?

According to the Government’s website, food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open.

However, it isn’t clear yet whether this applies to hardware stores.

The Government hasn’t published a list of businesses that are deemed essential.

It is thought that DIY stores will be allowed to stay in business for the month because garden centres are.

A spokesperson for Homebase has commented: “We are awaiting confirmation from the UK Government on the full list of essential retailers for this second national lockdown, but expect that Homebase will be included, meaning that stores will remain open beyond Thursday, November 5 with strict safety measures in place.

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Will B&Q stay open in the second lockdown?

DIY shops such as B&Q were allowed to reopen in the first lockdown in March and April.

The Government has not yet released a list of which shops will be allowed to stay open, but it is thought that B&Q will be allowed to stay in business.

Online shopping with B&Q will be possible throughout the lockdown, if the Government doesn’t decide to let DIY stores stay open.

Express.co.uk has contacted B&Q and will update this article when a response is received.

If DIY stores such as B&Q are deemed essential, this doesn’t mean you can visit them every day.

The lockdown rules state that if you are going shopping during lockdown, it must be for basic necessities.

This includes things like food or medicine, and could include other things such as building supplies or tools to fix anything that is damaged or broken at home.

If you are looking to buy paint or decorations for your home, you should probably order that online anyway.

The other reasons you’re allowed to leave your home during lockdown are:

  • for childcare or education, where this is not provided online
  • for work purposes, where your place of work remains open and where you cannot work from home (including if your job involves working in other people’s homes)
  • to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place – with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household (children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside).
  • for any medical concerns, reasons, appointments and emergencies, or to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm – such as domestic abuse
  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which should be as infrequent as possible
  • to visit members of your support bubble or provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer

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