Is B&Q staying open throughout lockdown?

LOCKDOWN number one encouraged Brits to start doing up their homes, and many will use England's second lockdown to get stuck into some DIY again. So will B&Q stay open in second lockdown?

PUBLISHED: 17:13, Mon, Nov 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 17:15, Mon, Nov 2, 2020

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A second lockdown is being implemented in England to stop the spread of coronavirus, with daily cases currently sitting above the 20,000 mark. Non-essential shops will be forced to close from Thursday, November 5 until Wednesday, December 2, alongside other measures such as staying at home. Will B&Q stay open during the second lockdown, what about other DIY stores?


In order to reduce social contact, the Government is ordering specific businesses and venues to close.

The Prime Minister has admitted he is ‘“truly, truly sorry” for the impact this will have on the businesses that do have to close.

A month of lockdown means only shopping for essentials and limiting the number of times you visit shops that are allowed to be open.

All non-essential retail stores will be closing from Thursday, including clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops.

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Will B&Q stay open in second lockdown:Will B&Q stay open in second lockdown: Non-essential stores are closing (Image: Getty)

Will B&Q stay open in second lockdown: diy storeWill B&Q stay open in second lockdown: It isn't yet known if DIY stores are deemed essential (Image: Getty)

Can I meet friends outside?

According to the government website, the following shops will be permitted to open during lockdown:

Supermarkets Newsagents Off-licenses Post Offices Garden centres Petrol stations Pet shops Pharmacies and health shops Takeaways and food deliveries Medical services ie dentists/opticians Hotels, hostels and other accommodation - but only for those who have to travel for work purposes Playgrounds Jobcentre Plus sites Courts Civil Registrations Offices

Will B&Q stay open in second lockdown: woman doing diyWill B&Q stay open in second lockdown: Garden centres can remain open, so it's thought that DIY stores will too (Image: Getty)

Can hardware and DIY stores stay open?

According to the Government’s website, food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open.

However, it isn’t clear yet whether this applies to hardware stores.

The Government hasn’t published a list of businesses that are deemed essential.

It is thought that DIY stores will be allowed to stay in business for the month because garden centres are.

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