Coronavirus: B&Q Reopens 288 Stores – Despite Country Lockout | Economic news


DIY retailer B&Q has fully reopened its 288 retail stores – although the UK is still locked out.

The company has gradually opened the doors of its sites across the country, its last two outlets reopening Thursday after the stores close due to the COVID-19[female[feminine lock was introduced in March.

Customers visited stores in droves, resulting in long lines outside, coronavirus social distancing measures implemented.

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DIY stores have been listed as “essential” by the government, which means they are allowed to stay open during foreclosures, but some people have been concerned about the impact of opening stores – such as increased traffic.

Rival stores Wickes and Homebase have also started reopening their stores in the past few days, as retailers seek to recoup their losses.

B&Q said it “strictly limits the number of customers in the store at any time,” as well as the introduction of new security measures, such as cart disinfection stations.

The floors display markers indicating gaps of two meters, while the now contactless boxes have been fitted with Perspex screens to protect staff.

Graham Bell, CEO of B&Q, said, “Our top priority is to keep our colleagues safe at work and our customers safe while shopping.

“In all our stores, we have implemented strict social distancing measures.

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“Customers are part of it, helping us provide a safe business environment for everyone, while we help them take care of their home and garden and their well-being.

“Whether you buy in our stores or online, we continue to ask all of our customers to follow government guidelines for social distancing and to shop responsibly only when they need it. “


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