B&Q has now reopened 155 stores across the UK where it will implement strict social distancing measures, four weeks since closing its stores following the coronavirus lockdown.
Since 23rd March when the UK lockdown was announced, B&Q switched to making its website, diy.com, as its primary store, closing all brick-and-mortar stores for browsing and purchasing, offering only a contact-free Click + Collect service from local stores, and a limited home delivery service.
As a hardware store, B&Q falls under the government’s list of ‘essential’ businesses and is allowed to remain open throughout lockdown, however, it proceeded to close stores for the safety of its staff and customers.
In the last few weeks, B&Q has ‘watched other essential retailers support social distancing in their stores’, and is now following best practice by reopening selected stores.
The retailer first trialled 14 stores at the weekend, followed by 61 stores on Wednesday and