After the Government classifies DIY and Hardware as essential, B&Q closes for a day as it prepares to provide only essential products. Homebase remains open but its website is unavailable.
B&Q closes for a day
Graham Bell, B&Q CEO “We have learnt that the DIY and Hardware store sector has been categorised as an essential retailer by the government. We are now working out the safest and simplest way to support communities in providing only essential products moving forwards.
“Our stores, as we prepare, will be closed Tuesday 24th March.” https://www.diy.com/customer-support/#icamp=HP_Hero_customersupport.
Homebase remains open
The Homebase website says its stores will remain open. However, the homebase.co.uk website is temporarily unavailable. The company says, “We are currently busy making changes to help our customers and team members. Our stores will be opening at 9am today to support essential repair and maintenance projects.” www.homebase.co.uk.
Government guidance says all retail premises must remain closed with the notable exceptions of Supermarkets and other food shops, health shops, pharmacies including non-dispensing pharmacies, petrol stations, bicycle shops, home and hardware shops, laundrettes and dry cleaners, bicycle shops, garages, car rentals, pet shops, corner shops, newsagents, post offices, and banks.
See Downloads under the image to read the revised Government Guidance note.