The retailer has reopened a total of 14 stores across the UK.
B&Q has announced that it will be reopening a selection of its stores across the country that previously closed to the public amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
A total of 14 branches of the DIY retailer will be reopening, including the Stockport store in Greater Manchester, and a Chester store.
Following the government announcement last week with the alterations to the guidelines of lockdown, members of the public are now permitted to "buy tools and supplies to repair a fence panel damaged in bad weather" for example, which reinstates B&Q's position as an essential retailer.
The B&Q branches reopening to the public are:
- Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff
- Brandon Road, Coventry
- Sutton, Ashfield
- West Thurrock
- Hull Road, York
It isn't entirely business as usual though as the retail giant has put a number of rules and restrictions in place that members of the public must adhere to when shopping in store.
B&Q shopping rules
- Customers will only be able to buy products that are available to shop and takeaway on the day.
- Services like kitchen and bathroom design, paint mixing, key and timber cutting aren't available for the moment.
- B&Q will not be accepting cash - contactless payments are preferable.
- Customers must follow social distancing guidelines and remain two metres apart from one another.
Changes have also been made to opening times, with these select stores now open 8am-5pm from Monday-Sunday (including Stockport).
Defending the decision to reopen a number of UK branches, a spokesperson for B&Q said: "As an essential retailer, we’ve watched other essential retailers support social distancing in their stores and are now in a position to follow best practice and reopen a small number of our stores as a trial, while keeping our colleagues and customers safe."
"We’re strictly limiting the number of customers in store at any one time, and so customers may need to queue before entering the store."
"To help remind everyone to respect each other’s personal space, we have two metre floor markers throughout these stores and also perspex screens at the checkouts."
"We’re urging all customers to follow the government’s social distancing guidelines and to shop responsibly only for what is necessary."
Those who do not live near to one of the reopened stores are still able to shop online.
Other branches may also be open for Click and Collect services, but it is advised to check the B&Q website for store eligibility.