Coronavirus: B&Q reopens all 288 stores amid lockdown

Derrick Santistevan

Do It Yourself merchant B&Q has actually completely resumed all 288 of its retail stores – in spite of the UK still remaining in lockdown.

The business has actually slowly unlocked of its websites throughout the nation, with its final 2 outlets resuming on Thursday after stores closed due to the COVID-19 lockdown presented in March.

Clients have actually checked out the stores in their droves, resulting in long lines outside, due to the coronavirus social distancing procedures put in location.

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Do It Yourself stores have actually been noted as “essential” by the federal government, implying they are enabled to stay open throughout the lockdown, however some people have actually been worried over the effect of opening the stores – such as increased traffic.

Competing stores Wickes and Homebase have actually likewise started to resume their stores over the past couple of days, as merchants seek to start recovering their losses.

B&Q stated it is “strictly limiting the number of customers in store at any one time”, along with presenting brand-new safety procedures, such as trolley sanitising stations.

Floorings show markers symbolizing 2 metre spaces, while the now contactless-only checkouts have actually been fitted with Perspex screens to secure personnel.

Graham Bell, president of B&Q, stated: “Our highest concern is to keep our colleagues safe at work and our clients safe while shopping.

” In all our stores, we have rigorous social distancing procedures in location.

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” Clients are sticking to these, assisting us to use a shopping environment that is safe for everybody, while we assist them to care for their gardens and houses, along with their health and wellbeing.

” Whether shopping in our stores or online, we continue to ask all our clients to follow the federal government’s social distancing standards and to go shopping properly just when they need to.”

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