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Major retailers close after non-essential retail instructions

24Mar20ScS, Dunelm, Next and Tapi are among the major interiors retailers to announce they have closed stores in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Prime Minister told the country last night that all non-essential retail should close for at least three weeks.

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 are allowed to remain open.

However they must ensure a distance of two metres between customers and shop assistants; and let people enter the shop only in small groups, to ensure that spaces are not crowded. Queue control is required outside of shops and other essential premises that remain open. 

‘We would like to inform our customers that all Carpetright stores are now temporarily closed. If you were due to have flooring delivered or fitted, or a Home Flooring Surveyor appointment, unfortunately these can no longer go ahead, and we will be in touch in due course to rearrange. We have been providing flooring for the nation for over 30 years and we look forward to serving you in our stores again soon,’ says a Carpetright statement. 

Dunelm had planned to keep its stores open for click and collect transactions only- with payment only by contactless – but has closed all branches.

B&Q has closed its stores for today. '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,' it says.