THE coronavirus lockdown has forced most high street stores to close, but some have been allowed to remain open to provide essential goods and services.
From Poundland to Home Bargains, here’s the full list of stores you can still visit if necessary and their opening times.
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The retailer has added more safety measures for both staff and customers, including installing perspex screens at checkouts, limiting the number of shoppers in a store at one time, and only opening some tills to keep people apart.
It is also providing staff with hand sanitiser and will only be restocking shelves out of opening hours to limit contact.
Home Bargains stores are open as normal at the moment, and you can find your local branch here.
You can also order products online, although the retailer warned that orders are currently taking slightly longer to get to customers than normal.
Regular delivery costs £3.49, or £7.99 for large items, although if you spend more than £50 on certain items it is free.
B&M has said that it will stay open because it stocks food and grocery, pet food and hardware essentials.
The store is prioritising food and toiletries over general merchandise to keep shelves stocked with the most essential products.
It has urged shoppers to observe social distancing measures while shopping.
You can find your nearest store here.
Wilko stores are remaining open as they sell essentials such as over the counter medicine, cleaning and hygiene products, pet food, home maintenance and baby care.
It has had to close some stores, so you should check before heading out, and has also shortened its opening hours.
Most stores are open from 8.30am or 9am until 5pm, and is still opening on Sundays.
It has stopped its order and collect service but home deliveries are still being made.
BIG RETAILERS OPEN TODAY
- Marks & Spencer (only stores with food halls)
- Boots (healthcare and pharmacy only)
- Homebase (home delivery only)
- Wickes (home delivery and click and collect)
- B&Q (home delivery and click and collect)
- Screwfix (home delivery and click and collect)
- Pets At Home
- Holland And Barrett
- Halfords (auto centres only, not stores)
- WH Smith – 60 percent of stores closed
- Starbucks – still open to drive-through
The store is strongly encouraging people to order online rather than visit stores, or to pick up items when they go to buy groceries in their local supermarket.
All of Poundstretcher’s stores are open as normal because the retailer sells cleaning and food products.
You can find your nearest store here.
SHOPS ALLOWED TO STAY OPEN
ONLY a small group of retailers will be allowed to stay open, they include:
- Takeaways and food deliveries
- Health shops
- Medical services – eg, dentists
- Pet shops
- Hardware stores
- Retail shops in hospitals
- Petrol stations
- Bicycle shops
- Laundrettes and dry cleaners
- Banks, building socities
- Short-term loan providers, credit unions and cash points
- Storage and distribtion centres
- Post Offices
- Car rental services and car parks near vital services such as supermarkets
- Public toilets
- Car garages and repair shops
- Food banks and shelters
Halfords stores are currently open for business, but with some significant changes to help protect people.
Customers are now not allowed into stores, but will only be let in as far as a desk in the front entrance where they can pay for goods.
The retailer is also no longer accepting cash payments for the foreseeable future – so you will need to have your card payment ready.
It has also suspended non-essential fitting services to focus on helping key workers to maintain their cars.
Assisted sales including bike purchase, collections and repairs can only be carried out via a booked appointment.
They advise customers to do click and collect before arriving at their stores.
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