Which shops ARE open today? Here’s the full list from B&Q to Halfords

FROM B&Q and Halfords to Home Bargains and Poundland – here’s the full list of stores you can still visit during the second coronavirus lockdown in England.

The new rules mean some shops have to close but that others are allowed to stay open if they are selling essential items.

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Halfords is allowed to stay open during England’s coronavirus lockdown

Essential items include food, medicines, toiletries, and even DIY items, in case you have a leak or other household emergency.

The new lockdown has been put in place to stop the surging cases of coronavirus and is expected to last four weeks, until December 2.

We explain which stores you can still visit in England – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have separate pandemic restrictions in place.

Here’s the full list of retailers that are open today during lockdown:


B&M remains open during the second coronavirus lockdown.

You can find your nearest shop, including all the latest opening hours, by using the B&M store finder tool.

During the last lockdown, B&M temporarily closed 49 of its stores but these have since reopened.

B&M, which has almost 700 shops across the UK, told The Sun it won’t be closing any stores during this lockdown.

Shoppers can’t order from the retailer online, and customers are being reminded to only visit stores for essential products.

Home Bargains stores are remaining open


B&Q remains open, as hardware stores have been confirmed as “essential” retailers.

Customers are also able to place orders online click and collect and home delivery.

Delivery costs £5 on orders under £50, or free over this amount. Click and collect is also free.

You can find your nearest B&Q by using its online finder tool which includes the latest opening hours.

If you do head to a store in person, there are rules you will have to follow to keep yourself, staff and other customers safe.

Which businesses and shops CAN stay open?

THE government has published a short list of all the businesses that are allowed to stay open over the next month.

It is largely the same as the list of those which were allowed to stay open during the March lockdown. These include:

  • Supermarkets
  • Newsagents
  • Convenience stores
  • Food markets
  • Corner shops
  • Takeaways and food deliveries
  • Off licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol (including breweries)
  • Pharmacies and chemists
  • Hardware stores
  • Building merchants and building services
  • Petrol stations
  • Car repair and MOT services
  • Bicycle shops
  • Taxi or vehicle hire businesses
  • Banks
  • Building societies
  • Credit unions
  • Short term loan providers
  • Savings clubs
  • Cash points
  • Currency exchanges
  • Money transfer shops
  • Post offices
  • Funeral directors
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Dental services
  • Opticians
  • Hearing services
  • Chiropody
  • Chiropractors
  • Osteopaths
  • Mental health services
  • Vets
  • Pet shops
  • Agricultural supplies shop
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Car parks
  • Public toilets
  • Garden centres
  • Retail shops in hospitals


Halfords stores are currently open for business.

In its garages, Halfords won’t let you stay on site whilst work is carried out on your car.

Assisted sales including bike purchase, collections and repairs can only be carried out via a booked appointment.

It also advises customers to do click and collect before arriving at its stores.

Halfords has 400 shops and 350 garages in the UK – use its store finder tool to find your nearest shop.

Home Bargains

Home Bargains stores are open as normal – you can find your local branch by using the online shop finder tool.

You can also buy products online and the store has confirmed there are no longer delays to delivery services.

Regular delivery costs £3.49, or £7.99 for large items, although if you spend more than £50 on certain items it is free.

Home Bargains currently has 500 shops in the UK.


Homebase stores are open during the second lockdown.

Customers can also continue to order for home delivery online, or click and collect.

Delivery and click and collect is free from Homebase, which has over 100 stores in the UK.

Use the online store finder tool to see where your nearest store is and all the latest opening hours.

Poundland remains open because it sells items which are classed as essentials


Poundland stores remain open as they sell items which are classed as essential.

You can find your nearest shop using the store locator tool.

Opening hours vary across stores so it’s worth checking with your local branch before you visit.

During the first lockdown in March, the retailer temporarily closed 100 stores – but it hasn’t said whether any branches will shut this time.

We’ve asked Poundland if it’ll be temporarily closing any stores again and we’ll update this article when we know more.

Sadly, you can’t order from Poundland online.

Poundland has over 800 stores in the UK.

What shops and businesses have to close?

THESE are the businesses that have to close until December 2:

  • Restaurants
  • Cafes, unless canteens or hospital kitchens
  • Pubs
  • Bars
  • Non-essential shops
  • Social clubs
  • Cinemas
  • Theatres
  • Nightclubs
  • Bingo halls
  • Concert halls
  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Casinos
  • Betting shops
  • Spas
  • Nail shops
  • Beauty salons
  • Hair salons
  • Barbers
  • Tanning salons
  • Massage parlours
  • Strip clubs
  • Hostess bars
  • Tattoo and piercing studios
  • Skating rinks
  • Dance studios
  • Fitness studios
  • Gyms
  • Sports courts
  • Swimming pools (outdoors and indoors)
  • Bowling alleys
  • Amusement arcades
  • Playgrounds or soft play areas
  • Circuses, funfairs and fairgrounds
  • Theme parks and adventure parks
  • Outdoor sports centres or amenities, including water sports, stables, shooting and archery, gold courses, driving ranges, outdoor gyms and water parks
  • Outdoor markets (apart from livestock and those selling food)
  • Car showrooms
  • Auction houses
  • Model villages
  • Visitor attractions at film studios
  • Aquariums
  • Zoos
  • Safari parks
  • Farms
  • Indoor attractions
  • Conference centres and exhibition halls


Poundstretcher’s stores are open as normal because the retailer sells cleaning and food products.

You can find your nearest store here including the latest opening hours.

The retailer hasn’t said if it’s running reduced hours or not.

Poundstretcher has 400 stores.

You can’t order online from Poundstretcher either.


Screwfix remains open as hardware stores are included as “essential” retailers.

As well as keeping its stores open, customers can order online for home delivery or click and collect.

Delivery is free over £50, or it costs £5 for orders under this amount, while click and collect is free.

Screwfix has around 700 shops in the UK – use the online store finder tool to track down your nearest.

Wilko stores are remaining open
Wilko stores remain open during the second lockdown in England


Wilko stores remain open as they also sell essential products.

You can see where your nearest store is by using the online store finder including the latest opening hours.

Wilko said it WON’T be running shortened opening hours like the last lockdown and will continue operating its usual opening hours.

If you don’t want to visit a store in person, Wilko continues to offer online delivery services.

Standard delivery starts from £5. Sadly, click and collect to stores still remains unavailable after Wilko pulled this service during the first lockdown.

Wilko has over 400 stores in the UK.


Wickes is also staying open, due to the retailer selling products for home repairs.

Home delivery and click and collect is also available during lockdown.

Delivery starts from £2.95, or free on orders over £75. Click and collect is free.

There are over 230 Wickes stores in the UK. Use its store finder tool to see where your nearest is and all the up-to-date opening hours.

We’ve rounded up a full list of food chains that are offering takeaway and delivery in the second lockdown.

Greggs and McDonald’s are among those that will remain open despite the new rules.

Gyms, non-essential retailers and bars have been forced to shut.


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