DIY store B&Q announced the opening of over half of its stores this week, following a successful trial period at 14 shops.
The company has now re-opened 155 of its stores, and plans to open the remaining branches across the UK by early May.
All open stores will operate a 2 metre distancing system, and now have designated queuing areas outside.
To further support social distancing, perspex screens have been installed at the checkouts. Customers will only be able to purchase products that can be taken away on the day, and kitchen and bathroom design, paint mixing, timber cutting and key cutting will not be available.
Graham Bell, B&Q CEO, commented: ‘During this time of self-isolation and social distancing, we’re all learning new ways of living and shopping; we’ve watched how other essential retailers have supported social distancing in their stores and followed their best practice with trials at 14 stores.
‘Following the success of the trials, with customers adhering to our social distancing measures, we’ve now opened over half of our stores. We’re confident that our strict social distancing measures keep customers and colleagues safe while helping homes and gardens, as well as people’s wellbeing, to be maintained.
‘Whether shopping in our stores or online, we ask that all our customers follow the Government’s social distancing guidelines and shop responsibly only for what is necessary.’