B&Q reopens all its 288 branches in UK today

B&Q reopens all its 288 branches in UK TODAY after coronavirus shutdown with strict social distancing measures for shoppers

  • The DIY store has confirmed that all its 288 UK stores now open to the public 
  • Business was forced to close on March 25 amid the governments lockdown rules 
  • B&Q have said that they will have strict social distancing measures in place
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B&Q has today reopened all of its UK branches as the country tries to edge out of lockdown.

The DIY store confirmed its 288 stores were now open to the public after the business was forced to close on March 25.

The announcement comes just days after B&Q’s decision to reopen 130 stores saw massive queues forming outside its outlets in Watford, Edinburgh, Bristol and Swansea.

According to B&Q’s new rules, all of its branches will have a designated queuing area outside and these have markers every two metres to assist shoppers in keeping their distance.   

B&Q has today reopened all of its 288 UK stores and have ‘strict social distancing measures’ in place. (Stock image)

The hardware store will also have protective perspex screens placed at each checkout, which will each be two metres apart, and there will be santiser stations for trolleys.   

In addition, only products that shoppers can purchase and takeaway in store on the day are available to customers.

B&Q CEO Graham Bell told The Sun: ‘Our highest priority is to keep our colleagues safe at work and our customers safe while shopping.

‘In all our stores, we have strict social distancing measures in place. 

‘Whether shopping in our stores or online, we continue to ask all our customers to follow the Government’s social distancing guidelines and to shop responsibly only when they need to.’

This month, the DIY store has been slowly re-starting its business by opening 14 stores on April 14 followed by another 61 stores on April 22. 

On April 29, B&Q opened another 130 stores.

Today a message on the company’s website read: ‘All B&Q stores are now open with the exception of our stores in the ROI and Guernsey. All stores are open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Saturday. Opening times on Sundays vary, and so please check the store locator page for details of your local store.’

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