HARDWARE stores including Screwfix and B&Q have been deemed “essential retailers” during the coronavirus crisis – here’s what it means for opening times.

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered all “non-essential” shops to shut while urging Brits to stay at home to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Hardware stores including Screwfix will remain open although some are temporarily closed while they formulate a plan

Shops that are allowed to stay open include supermarkets, pharmacies, newsagents, banks and Post Offices.

Vets, pet shops, petrol stations, launderettes, banks and hardware stores will also keep doors open for customers.

Hardware stores are included in the list as they stock essential materials and equipment that help keep homes warm, safe and with power.

We’ve rounded up the opening hours for the major UK tool stores following the lockdown announcement.

Is Screwfix open?

Screwfix has the following announcement on its website

Screwfix stores are open but under reduced hours and only for existing “essential” click and collect orders.

This means customers can’t browse and shop in stores as usual, and you’ll have to be collecting an order.

Most shops will open from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, and 9am to 4pm on Sundays.

However, some stores have reduced their hours even further than this.

See this update on the Screwfix website for more information.

Screwfix couldn’t tell us what it classes as “essential” items but says its website has been updated to reflect these products as available for click and collect.

For any click and collect orders that have already been placed, but aren’t deemed “essential”, the company is asking that you don’t go to stores to collect.

Screwfix says it will contact customers over the next few days to discuss options.

The retailer’s website was temporarily closed earlier today, but it’s live again now so customers can place new orders.

Use the online store finder to track down your nearest Screwfix.

Screwfix has also warned that delivery times may be delayed due to increased orders.

Is Wickes open?

Wickes stores are expected to reopen today

Wickes stores are expected to open today after closing yesterday while the retailer worked out “the best operation to support customers in these unprecedented times”.

We’ve asked for confirmation they’re open and if they’ll be operating under different hours and we’ll update this story when we know more.

In the meantime, customers can still shop online, although it’s unclear if they can click and collect at present.

A closed Wickes store in east London earlier this week
Nick Obank – The Sun

Wickes said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused and do hope you understand this disruption as we seek to fulfil essential services for all, whilst keeping well-being front of mind.”

Wickes stores typically open between 6am and 9am, and close at 8pm, depending on where you live.

These hours may change from today – use the online store finder to find out more.

We’ve asked the retailer if customers will be able to browse and shop, or if they’ll only be able to click and collect.

Is B&Q open?

The statement from B&Q on its website

B&Q stores are closed again today so the company can decide how best to trade going forward.

They were also closed yesterday.

In the meantime, customers can still make orders on the B&Q website.

And despite stores being closed for shopping, customers with click and collect orders can collect them in store from today.

These orders will typically be ready to pick up in four hours due to extra demand – but customers should only go to pick up their order once they’ve received an email confirming it’s ready.

A B&Q store in east London today, March 24
Nick Obank – The Sun

You can still order online for home delivery.

B&Q said: “Today, Wednesday March 25, our stores will remain closed while we will continue to work out the safest and simplest way to support customers in providing only those essential products that keep houses warm, safe and with power.

“We’re also looking at the steps we need to take to ensure we keep our colleagues in store safe.

“Customers with outstanding Click+Collect orders can go to the store to pick up their items from 10am today.

“Thank you for your understanding and support in advance. More information will follow.”

B&Q stores are usually open 7am until 9pm but this may change.

Use the online finder tool to locate your nearest shop and see their opening times.

Is Homebase open?

Homebase stores are open today but only for home and garden essentials.

Stores usually open 9am until 8pm across the UK – but this has changed to 9am until 6pm, Monday to Saturday, and 10am until 4pm on Sundays, in England, Scotland and Wales.

In Northern Ireland, stores will open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and from 1pm to 6pm on Sundays.

Shops that are not deemed as essential, such as standalone Bathstores and Decorate by Homebase shops, closed yesterday.

The website is also still open as normal for home deliveries, although click and collect has been suspended with the exception of garden furniture, spas, BBQs, Keter, garden power tools and essential maintenance products.

In home design consultations are also temporarily unavailable. You can have a phone consultation instead, although customer services lines are currently down.

Customers can use Homebase’s online finder to see where their nearest branch is and check its contact details.

We’ve asked Homebase if customers will be able to browse and shop in store, or if they’ll only be able to click and collect.

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A number of restaurants announced they would be shutting their doors, even for takeaway, including GreggsKFC and Pizza Express.