HARDWARE stores including Screwfix and B&Q have been deemed “essential retailers” during the coronavirus crisis – here’s what it means for opening times.
It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered all “non-essential” shops to shut while urging Brits to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19.
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Shops that are allowed to stay open include supermarkets, pharmacies, newsagents, banks and Post Offices.
Vets, pet shops, petrol stations, launderettes, banks and hardware stores will also keep doors open for customers.
Hardware stores are including in the list as they stock essential materials and equipment that help keep homes warm, safe and with power.
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Is Screwfix open?
Screwfix stores are open but under reduced hours and only for existing “essential” click and collect orders.
This means customers can’t browse and shop in stores as usual, and you’ll have to be collecting an order.
Most shops will open from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, and 9am to 4pm on Sundays.
However, some stores have reduced their hours even further than this, while some are listed as due to reopen today.
See this update on the Screwfix website for more information.
Screwfix couldn’t tell us what it classes as “essential” items but says its website has been updated to reflect these products as available for click and collect.
For any click and collect orders that have already been placed, but aren’t deemed “essential”, the company is asking that you don’t go to stores to collect.
Screwfix says it will contact customers over the next few days to discuss options.
The retailer’s website was temporarily closed earlier today, but it’s live again now so customers can place new orders.
Use the online store finder to track down your nearest Screwfix.
Screwfix has also warned that delivery times may be delayed due to increased orders.
Is Wickes open?
Wickes stores are closed today while the retailer works out “the best operation to support customers in these unprecedented times”.
Shops are expected to reopen tomorrow – we’ve asked if they’ll be operating under different hours and we’ll update this story when we know more.
In the meantime, customers can still shop online.
If you were expecting to get your click and collect item from stores today, Wickes says it’ll be in touch to rearrange your order.
Wickes said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused and do hope you understand this disruption as we seek to fulfil essential services for all, whilst keeping well-being front of mind.”
Wickes stores typically open between 6am and 9am, and close at 8pm, depending on where you live.
These hours may change tomorrow – use the online store finder to find out more.
We’ve asked the retailer if customers will be able to browse and shop, or if they’ll only be able to click and collect.
Is B&Q open?
B&Q stores are closed today so the company can decide how best to trade going forward.
They’re expected to reopen tomorrow and in the meantime, customers can still make orders on the B&Q website.
Customers with click and collect orders due today are being told their products should be available in store tomorrow.
B&Q has also confirmed click and collect orders will now be ready to pick up in four hours due to extra demand – but customers should still only go to pick up their order once they’ve received an email confirming it’s ready.
B&Q said: “We are now working out the safest and simplest way to support communities in providing only essential products moving forwards.”
B&Q stores are usually open 7am until 9pm but this may change tomorrow.
Use the online finder tool to locate your nearest shop and see their opening times.
We’ve asked B&Q if customers will be able to browse and shop, or if they’ll only be able to click and collect.
Is Homebase open?
Homebase stores are open today but only for “essential repair and maintenance projects”.
The retailer hasn’t said if customers will be able to buy products as normal, or if click and collect orders will be ready.
We’ve asked Homebase for more information and we’ll update this article when we know more.
The Homebase website was also temporarily taken down earlier today, but it’s now up and running again.
This means customers can place new orders as usual.
Homebase stores usually open 9am until 8pm across the UK – but this will change as of today.
Shops will open 9am until 6pm, Monday to Saturday, and 10am until 4pm on Sundays, in England, Scotland and Wales.
Customers can use the online finder to see where their nearest branch is and check its contact details.
We’ve asked Homebase if customers will be able to browse and shop, or if they’ll only be able to click and collect.
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