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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has placed England back into lockdown following a spike in coronavirus cases. Lockdown measures mean the closure of non-essential shops, children having to be homeschooled and Britons told to work from home where they can.
Cases have spiked in recent weeks due to a new strain of the virus, and so a third lockdown has been enacted.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson today said there was “no choice” but to put England back into a nationwide lockdown.
While Britons cannot leave homes just for a shopping trip, they can pick up essentials at a number of stores allowed to remain open.
These include supermarkets, pharmacies and other essential stores, which are open but may limit shoppers in store and require customers to wear masks and practice social distancing.
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Is Home Bargains, B&M and Wilkos open in lockdown?
Home Bargains can remain open throughout lockdown as it is classed as an essential retailer.
A statement from the company said: “We are working tirelessly to ensure that we’re keeping our stores fully stocked and to continue to provide customers with the great products and service you’ve come to expect.
“We are taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety of everyone shopping and working in our stores.
“The key safety measures we have in place are set out below, and we appreciate your continued support in implementing them.”
B&M are also considered an essential store due to their grocery, household, DIY and pet ranges.
A statement from B&M read: “A Message to our Shoppers.
“We have been deemed an essential retailer by the Government as the majority of our sales are Grocery, Household Cleaning, Personal Care, DIY and Pet Care goods.
“B&M are proud to serve our communities and will be doing so again.
“Our colleagues are working tirelessly to make sure you can get all the items you need. So there’s no need to panic buy.
“Our warehouses are full and we are working super hard to keep stock flowing into stores.”
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Wilko will also stay open during lockdown due to it being classed as an essential retailer.
A statement from Wilko said: “We’re open to support you and your families.
“At Wilko, you’ll find many essentials all in the same place, such as paracetamol and other over the counter medicines, toilet roll, bleach, anti-bacterial wipes, baby food, pet food, and products to help you look after your home.
“We’ll continue to work hard to keep you and our team members as safe as possible, and to keep the stuff you need on our shelves and available on wilko.com”.
All supermarkets are allowed to stay open, and many are offering home delivery services for those unable to leave home.
Stores also staying open are
- The Range
- Pets at Home
Other businesses and venues also open during lockdown include:
- essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences
- market stalls selling essential retail may also stay open
- businesses providing repair services may also stay open, where they primarily offer repair services
- petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses
- banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses
- funeral directors
- laundrettes and dry cleaners
- medical and dental services
- vets and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals
- animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and animal groomers (may continue to be used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes)
- agricultural supplies shops
- mobility and disability support shops
- storage and distribution facilities
- car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas
- outdoor playgrounds
- outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise
- places of worship
- crematoriums and burial grounds
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