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All B&Q stores open from today

DIY retailer B&Q is the latest retailer to reopen its stores with the last few branches opening their doors today after a phased rollout over the past two weeks. 

As a hardware store, B&Q is designated an essential retailer by the Government, but shops closed at the start of lockdown.

Now the retailer, which has stores in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stroud, is confident it has safe shopping systems in place.

In a statement on its website, B&Q said: "We've opened our stores to help customers repair and maintain their houses and gardens while staying at home. We're offering a broad range of items for take away on the day but it's important customers can shop safely.

"Similar to shopping at other essential retailers, such as supermarkets, we are strictly limiting the number of customers in store at any one time."

B&Q will have a queuing system outside, with 2 metre spacing clearly marked and 2 metre floor markers throughout the stores. It won't be allowing under-16s into stores and a number of services are currently unavailable, including kitchen and bathroom design, paint mixing, timber cutting and key cutting. For staff safety, they are only accepting card and contactless payments.

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